Appeals Court Bars Reverse Engineering In DMCA Gaming Dispute

Law360, New York (September 5, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a decision with ramifications for reverse engineering of software, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision to bar “add-on” technology being used to mirror a popular online gaming network.

According to the court, California-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s end-user license agreement was enforceable and had been infringed by copycat online gaming organization and its creators.

The defendants claimed Blizzard’s end-user agreements were a misuse of provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The courts collectively rejected...
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