Last year, Overwatch developer, Activision Blizzard filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against German cheat program maker, Bossland. The basis for the copyright suit fell under unfair competition and violation of the DMCA’s “anti-circumvention provision.” Last month, it was reported that Blizzard was seeking $8.5 million in damages, however, it was recently reported that a California court has ruled that Bossland is ordered to pay the company $8.6 million.
According to Torrentfreak, Blizzard argued that Bossland had “reverse-engineered and otherwise altered” the company’s games without consulting the company first. Despite attempts to get the case dismissed, Bossland chose not to legal represent themselves in court and were eventually found guilty on 42,818 counts of copyright infringement. As a result of the lawsuit, Bossland also has around $177,000 in legal fees on top of the court order charge they will now have to reimburse Blizzard.
Despite the outcome of the case, the BBC reported that the Bossland website is still active, sporting the ironic tagline “botting is not against any law,” however, if you choose to visit the site now, the UK browsers are accompanied with the following message:
“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.”
Additionally, Bossland and its directors are no longer allowed to advertise have the opportunity to sell software to residents living in the United Kingdom. Let this be a lesson to not take credit off of someone else’s work, without getting permission from the original owners.