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If you've been keeping up, you already know of the court battle between Blizzard and MDY over the Glider automation software used with World of Warcraft. Another amicus brief has been filed in the case, and this one is a real attention-getter. An amicus brief (often formally named amicus curiae --...

November 6th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Well, not 'banning', per se -- the term isn't exactly a meaningful one in a Second Life context -- Linden Lab is asking for the court to approve its termination of Minsky's account as a part of a general package of relief. As you may recall, Linden Lab and Minsky have been duking it out over tra...

October 20th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Virtually Blind's Benjamin Duranske was, just as we were, taken somewhat aback by a recent article that reported that Professor George Stein, the Director of the Cyberspace and Information Operations Study Center at the Air Force's Air War College ("The Intellectual and Leadership Center of the Air...

October 17th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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What if World of Warcraft had no add-ons, would you still play? Worse yet, what if they had the add-ons, and you were aware of them, but it was actually illegal to use them? That's the state of the game in China right now, thanks to the country's licensed WoW distributor, The9.As part of The9's ong...

October 11th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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The dispute between Richard Minsky (registered owner of the SLART trademark), and Linden Lab (applicant for the SL trademark) has been heating up. Minsky previously filed a civil suit in a federal court, naming Linden Lab, Philip Rosedale, Mitch Kapor and one or more other Second Life users (as John...

September 23rd 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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You may remember Richard Minsky, founder of The Center for Book Arts in New York City and owner of SLART Magazine. We previously wrote about his assertion of his rights and obligations with respect to his SLART trademark, which covers (among other things) Minsky's SLART magazine. The SL portion obvi...

September 3rd 2008 at 2:30am 0 Comments
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You may recall the long running Blizzard vs. MDY battle from various reports here on WoW Insider. In short, Blizzard sued MDY, the makers of the MMOGlider bot (formerly the WOWGlider bot), claiming that the bot violated Blizzard copyright by writing portions of the game to RAM in order to work (sinc...

July 15th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Virtually Blind is reporting that the WoW Glider case has been resolved in Blizzard's favor. The maker of the epic fantasy MMO has long contended that the MDY developers are infringing on the company's copyright. MDY makes the WoW Glider bot software, possibly the most popular of a series of options...

July 15th 2008 at 8:30am 0 Comments
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World of Warcraft seems to be the focus of virtual law, lawsuits, angry gnomes, and all sorts of fun these days. Not only is a player suing IGE due to their gold selling practices, but Blizzard also took MDY, makers of the glider program, to court. Now, MDY and Blizzard are moving closer to getting...

May 26th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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In the continuing war against pirate servers, three Chinese men have been given jail sentences for running a ZT Online server.Chen Jian, the main builder of the server, has been sentenced to one year in jail, while his accomplices, Shi Zunkai and Sun Jun, were given ten months and nine months respec...

May 25th 2008 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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District Court Judge Manuel Real has ordered IGE's Debonneville and Pierce to a status conference at 10AM US Pacific time tomorrow morning (Friday, 25 April). As you may recall, Debonneville and Pierce were settling and had until 14 April to finalize that. Well, apparently it hasn't been settled an...

April 24th 2008 at 11:30pm 0 Comments