Amazon Unit Twitch Gets A Win In IP War Against Bots

By Cara Bayles (March 2, 2017, 9:13 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday issued a permanent stipulated injunction that effectively shutters the business of a bot designer accused of selling users software that artificially boosts their viewer numbers on Twitch Interactive, a video game streaming site owned by Amazon.com Inc.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled that Justin Johnston, one of the case's seven defendants, must disable his services, which allowed broadcasters to purchase views and followers on Twitch.tv. The injunction also prevents him from creating new similar domains, and from creating or advising others on how to make similar software that inflates numbers in violation the...

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