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StarCraft 2 Courtroom Drama On as Blizzard Chases Down StarCraft 2 Hackers

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In an incident that occurred May 19 of this year, Blizzard filed a lawsuit in a California federal court. The complaint included the names of 10 people who were guilty of creating and selling software that was responsible for hacking their game ?StarCraft 2?. The hack in question,?ValiantChaos MapHack?, does for StarCraft 2 what ?blacksheepwall? did for StarCraft?s maps. It also has the capability to make your actions fully automatic. The player using these hacks is given an unfair advantage in a supposedly fair-playing environment.

Blizzard has filed multiple cases against the alleged hackers. In a statement, they have said that this is a better course of action and that they could later amend the case so as to make it clear and concise. They have yet to name the guilty party, preferring to leave the identity of the perpetrators up to discussion as far as the case and its progress is concerned.

Blizzard has cited three infringements which the guilty party has committed. They are as follows:

Regular old copyright infringement ? This is because the defendants copied the code framework, which is Blizzard?s to begin with. Afterwards they created a derivative of their own.

Contributory copyright infringement ? This is for the distribution of the illegal hack. People who used the hack were convinced by the hackers to use the map in one way or another. The hackers also had first-hand knowledge of these people?s usage of the hack.

Vicarious copyright infringement ? This is for the allegation that the hackers are held liable for the infringement committed by the users of the hack. They were responsible for the distribution of the hack, and therefore they also profited from it due to donations and people paying for the hack through sales.

This is not the first time that Blizzard had gone after people who had hacked their game. There was a case prior to this where Blizzard went after hackers who were living in other countries. In this case, if they actually win the case, then the hard part will begin. While the judgment is enforced in the court where the case is filed, Blizzard will have to go to the defendant?s country in order to enforce the ruling. Then there is also the case of the defendants having the alleged money they made from the hack. These hackers might be people who are not so well-off, and therefore, can cite that they never made any profit from any hack whatsoever.

From the looks of the case, and if Blizzard?s attorneys can track down the defendants, the case seems pretty straightforward, and Blizzard might just win against these hackers.

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