Bnetd loses to Blizzard

Saw on Slashdot that bnetd lost on appeal to Blizzard and Vivendi. The story doesn’t really explain why this is a bad thing, but in short, there are two main problems here. One, the ruling reaffirms the “click I agree” End-User License Agreements, which for the everyday person are pretty worthless, stating that they are “enforceable contracts.” That sucks. Two, it shows that the DMCA safeguards really aren’t sufficient to protect reverse engineering. Here’s a PDF of the 8th Circuit decision.

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