Posted Sat, Jan 31, 2009 by Xerin
Slashdot reports from Ars Technica (and all over the Internet) that a judge has ruled the popular WoW Bot "Glider" is against the DMCA. The case doesn't seem to be over (as there is room to appeal), but mark this as another victory in the war against gold farmers and botters.
As we've noted before, Blizzard's legal arguments, which Judge David G. Campbell largely accepted, could have far-reaching and troubling implications for the software industry. Donnelly is not the most sympathetic defendant, and some users may cheer the demise of a software vendor that helps users break the rules of Blizzard's wildly popular role playing game. But the sweeping language of Judge Campbell's decision, combined with his equally troubling decision last summer, creates a lot of new uncertainty for software vendors seeking to enter software markets dominated by entrenched incumbents and achieve interoperability with legacy platforms.