Last month, digital rights advocacy group Public Knowledge
filed an amicus curaie
-- "friend of the court" -- brief regarding Blizzard
's argument that a user making a memory copy of the World of Warcraft
. The judge required Blizzard to respond to the argument
last Friday, and Virtually Blind has Blizzard's response
The basic argument that Blizzard
makes is that the software is only rented and that they control and license every allowable use, and every non-allowed use (by their license) is copyright infringement. (Public Knowledge points out that this would mean using non-allowed names, or communicating in game with a member of the opposing alignment
, is also copyright infringement).
Do you feel when you buy a game or other software that you are buying the software -- and can therefore do what you like with it, regardless what some EULA allows -- or do you feel the publisher of the software retains all rights to that box and the particular copy of the software you have licensed? This goes beyond WoW
and beyond video games entirely.