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2-04-2009 @ 6:10PM
Whilst a victory against the bots is indeed a victory against the bots, I truly wish glider had won here. Copyright law should have absolutely nothing to do with this arguement, it should solely come down to Blizzard making warden/WoW secure enough to deter botters.Read through the EULA and I think you'll find that more than half of the WoW player base are now copyright infringers. Got a character called "lolsalot"? Could be $6 million in damages right there........
2-04-2009 @ 6:17PM
I got two sides to that last thing you said. One, the only Lolsalot wouldn't be a "Copyright" kind of thing. For one, you CAN'T Copyright 'words' like that. Plus, people that don't even play WoW used "lol". "lol" can't be copyrighted(?) and besides, do you think Blizzard really wants to fuck up the money flow they get by doing something like that?Second, anyone that gives a character that name SHOULD be sued. Stupid names like that really ruin the game. Which is why *I* put a good 15 minutes into thinking of a character name. Hell, I made a Gnome Rogue named "Kneepain" and deleted him just because I thought his name was retarded.
2-04-2009 @ 6:42PM
You missed his point entirely sheldon.Naming a character "lolsalot" is against the EULA because it contains multiple words that are similar to a sentence.According to this ruling breaking the rules of the EULA is copyright infringement. And thus you are breaking the law.So characters with names containing sentences, special characters, or inappropriate references are not just against the TOS, they are illegal.This goes even further, swearing in chat is breaking the law now. Spam is breaking the law. Using unintended game mechanics (such as mcing mobs to get buffs) is against the law.This is a VERY BAD ruling, even for law abiding players.
2-04-2009 @ 6:45PM
Sheldonlock - you fail to understand.The EULA states that you can't have a name like "lolsalot" or a name that represents a famouse person etc. Since you are breaking the EULA, you are breaking Blizzard's copyright. Therefore, they can sue you for damages.This decision didn't give Blizzard the ability to copyright "lol," it gave them the ability to sue you for breaking any arbitrary rule they can put in a EULA that you signed. Blizzard won't do this (you don't sue paying customers), but other companies can use this precedent to do so in the future.
2-04-2009 @ 6:55PM
Yes, I agree.I don't really object to Glider being sued, and subsequently banned. It's kind of retarded anyway; to me it's like hiring someone to watch a movie for you.I don't even mind that they've used the EULA to do it. My big problem is that they SEEM to be stretching the concept and definition of "copyright" to a point where they can use the EULA as a club to batter anything that Blizzard capriciously decides is against their concept of what WoW should be.
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