Blizzard wins court case against Glider Bot

Posted: October 2, 2008 in Technology
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Blizzard has won a court case against MDY Industries, creators of the MMO Glider Bot. Michael Donnelly, the creator of the program has been ordered to pay 6 million US dollars in damages to the World of Warcraft publisher. This case has been going on for quite sometime now and it all hit the fan when  a private investigator along with an attorney from Vivendi went directly to Donelly’s house and gave him a copy of the complaint. Donnelly contends that because the game client is not copied, it does not infringe on Blizzard’s copyright. Blizzard has countered by saying that the tool actually copies the game into RAM in order to circumvent WoW’s anti-cheat protection.

You can download a demo copy of the bot then theres a basic version that costs 25 bucks plus theres an elite version upgrade where you have to pay a 5 dollar subscription fee and gives you the ability to run other programs simultaneously among other features.

Taken from their FAQ

Q: How does Glider work?
A: Glider works a lot like a regular player. It looks at your health, mana, energy, etc. It moves the mouse around and pushes keys on the keyboard. You tell it about your character, where you want to kill things, and what to kill. Then it kills for you, automatically. You can do something else, like eat dinner or go to a movie, and when you return, you’ll have a lot more experience and loot.
Q: Is using Glider cause for suspension/ban?
A: Yes, Glider is against the Terms of Service as provided by Blizzard for World of Warcraft. If you are detected using Glider, your account will be suspended for 72 hours and very likely banned completely. While Glider does not violate any of the terms listed under Blizzard’s “Client/Server Manipulation Policy”, it is still a third-party program and their Terms of Service are very open in what falls under that definition, meaning they can find you in violation for pretty much anything they want.Glider provides a number of features to help lower the risk of detection – for more information, see the next topic.

Bottom line: use at your own risk.

Q: Is Glider detectable?
A: There are two methods of detection for Glider or any other third-party tool:

1) The game itself detects the software by searching memory, your hard drive, window titles, or some other means. The current version of Glider (1.5.5 January 4, 2008) is not known to be detected by these methods. However, it is technically possible for Blizzard to change their detection scheme, if they come up with a new way to detect Glider. This risk cannot be avoided, as the game client can update any time. You can help lower your risk by following the suggested settings as posted in the Announcements forum.

2) You can also be detected by a human observing you and noting repeated patrols, robotic behavior, etc. This can largely be avoided by always staying near your computer while gliding. Glider also has a number of features built-in, such as detection of whispers or other players following you. Be careful to avoid areas with lots of obstructions and follow the tips in the help file when setting up profiles.

Unattended automated play is always risky and should not be done in busy areas for a long time.

The 6 million payment is actually a lot smaller than what Blizzard had initially asked for but the judge denied their request for Trebled damages. Blizzard can still make an appeal and the case will return to court in January. Up for discussion at that time will be whether Glider breaks the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and whether MDY Industries founder Michael Donnelly will be personally responsible for the payment of the damages.


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