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2-05-2009 @ 2:13PM
It violates copyright because the gameplay of WoW is something that is copyrighted. When Glider modifies this gameplay by breaking the terms of service, it creates a derivitive work which is illegal without consent under copyright law. Basically WoW has copyrighted its own brand of farming under it's broader copyright, and since Glider changes this experiance it violates copyright. And because it damages the economy of the game that shows damages to Blizzard.Yes, technically interface addons very much do infringe on copyright. But you'll be hard pressed to show damages (unless it's addon based PvPers beating normal UI Players) etc, infact arguably they benifit the game. Blizzard couldn't get monatary damages, they could file an injunction or cease and desist if they wanted.Anyhow, this relates to the ToS because WoW is considered "Leased" through there and not "Owned". You do not own WoW. You Lease WoW and own the CD. Because if you owned WoW, creating this derivative work might not be copyright infringement (though I think it still would be). But because you lease it, it's very clear that it is copyright infringement.As far as I understand it, this does not mean that ToS = Copyright Law.And most likely Blizz sued under copyright law because that way they can actually recover clear damages, instead of sueing under the more vague contract law (which they probably don't want to test a ToS under anyways).
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