Guess How Much Do You Have To Compensate For 42,818 Counts Of Copyright Infringement.
The German Cheat Programmer Bossland had to face a lawsuit by Blizzard last summer for allegedly “Reverse-engineering and otherwise altering the game without permission”. It was known last month that Blizzard was seeking a little over $8.5 million for damages despite the resistance from the accused. It now looks like a California court has ended the case with a settlement of $8.6 million on the counts of “copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision”.
According to Torrentfreak, Bossland also faces around $177,000 in legal costs beyond the substantial court-ordered charge. Despite this result, it seems the website is still up, but shows the following message when anyone tries to avail their services
On 16th March 2017, Bossland GmbH, and its directors Mr Zwetan Letschew and Mr Patrick Kirk admitted, in and for the purposes of proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales, that the sale of its software which it sells as Honorbuddy, Gatherbuddy, Demonbuddy, Hearthbuddy, Stormbuddy and Watchover Tyrant, to any person resident in the United Kingdom, constitutes an infringement of Blizzard’s intellectual property rights and an inducement to players of Blizzard’s games to breach their agreements with Blizzard.
“Accordingly, Bossland and its directors are no longer permitted to advertise or offer for sale such software to UK residents.”