The 9th Cir. has released their opinion in the case of MDY Industries v. Blizzard Entertainment and determined that MDY violated the DMCA.
MDY sought a declaratory judgment to determine whether their Glider, a bot that automates the actions for early leveling allowing the WOW user to leave his PC, infringed Blizzard's copyrights.
"The district court found MDY ... liable for secondary copyright infringement, violations of DMCA §§ 1201(a)(2) and (b)(1), and tortious interference with contract. [The 9th. Cir] reverse[d] the district court except as to MDY’s liability for violat[ing the] DMCA § 1201(a)(2) and remand[ed] for trial on Blizzard’s claim for tortious interference with contract."
In finding that MDY violated the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA, the 9th circuit concluded that MDY's Glider attempted to evade Blizzard's anti-bot detection system (Warden).
Below is the full opinion:
MDY INDUSTRIES v. BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT
Original District Court Order:
MDY v. Blizzard (District Court Order)