World of Warcraft Bot Maker Suffers Crushing Defeat

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Ceiling Fan Software is facing a $7 million judgment after losing a legal battle with Blizzard over its World of Warcraft bots.

Score another one for the big guy, as Blizzard has prevailed against another maker of bots that automate World of Warcraft. Blizzard won a summary judgment against Ceiling Fan Software in September after a judge ruled that “the uncontroverted evidence establishes all elements of Blizzard’s breach of contract claim against the individual Defendants.” The judge also agreed to issue a permanent injunction against the company, following submissions from both Blizzard and Ceiling Fan on its terms.

That injunction was issued earlier this week, ordering Ceiling Fan Software to permanently halt the sale and support of its bot and forbidding it from transferring any part of the software to any entity other than Blizzard. The court also issue a whopping $7 million judgment against the company, which posted a message on its website apologizing to users for no longer being able to offer its products.

“After more than 2 years of legal battles with Blizzard Entertainment to both pursue our right to operate and our customer’s right to play WoW as they choose, we did not prevail in the suit and have been ordered by the United States District Court in California to cease our operation,” the message states. Ceiling Fan is also now soliciting donations to help cover its legal fees.

The order granting Blizzard’s summary judgment is available here, while the permanent injunction and $7 million judgment against Ceiling Fan Software is here.

Source: Ceiling Fan Software

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