EFF Criticizes BNETD Court Decision
The Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) strikes back at the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to give a victory to Blizzard Entertainment on the legal case against BNETD:
The court ruled that Congress? explicit protections for reverse engineering and add-on innovation in the highly controversial DMCA are too narrow and weak to protect innovators from lawsuits when the software they create is used for illegal copying, even if the copying occurs without the knowledge or participation of the program?s creators. The court also ruled that clicking on a EULA?s “I Agree” button, common when installing almost any software product purchased today, can be used to force both consumers and competitors out of the marketplace for add-on innovation.
Additionally, Gamespot got a reply from Paul Sams—Blizzard VP of Business Operations after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled their decision. The link provides some more of his comment. Here is an excerpt:
We have worked hard to provide gamers with a free and secure environment on Battle.net, and this ruling further validates that we are justified in protecting our service and our players. In addition, it represents another major victory against software piracy.”