I Spy With My Little EULA. Copyfight:

You may recall that Blizzard is the videogame company that sued three software programmers for creating BnetD, a free, open source program that allowed gamers to play games they purchased with others on the platform of their choice. Blizzard claimed that the programmers violated several parts of the company’s End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), including a provision on reverse-engineering. But it turns out that’s not all that Blizzard’s lawyers have inserted in the fine print. As Bruce Schneier reports, the company is also using its Terms of Use agreements to justify spying on gamers’ computers.

The article and links mention what they witnessed Blizzard to be sniffing from you while you ‘play.’

One of the quotes from another article was quite telling:

Do you realize the government would have to have a warrant to get the kind of information Blizzard claims it has the right to suck out of your computer to stop cheaters? Doesn’t that seem a wee bit wrong?

Gamers Beware! This is insidious!

Must read for anyone who enjoys online gaming.

Comments on: "I Spy With My Little EULA. Copyfight:" (2)

  1. No, it’s not insidious, it’s in reaction to the actual harm that’s being hoisted upon the people playing that game: The other people that are running programs that assist them in cheating the system. The only answer to stopping them from cheating a standard client/server system is to lock down the client.

    Blizzard’s not “stealing” or “sucking” information from your computer. The fact that this is showing up on your trackback lists right now is because some blogger figured out what Blizzard had already announced and fully disclosed 3 to 4 months earlier. His information was nothing new — In fact, his little hype machine was fueled completely on Blizzard’s own disclosure. Is it really that isidious when the company’s willing to tell you that they’re actively trying to stop specific programs running in tandem with their program?

    Do you use discount cards at a grocery store? Did you know that those grocery store chains commonly have deals with advertising networks (like your local cable company) so that they can feed targeted advertisements to your television? That’s insidious.

    Protecting a game that people enjoy playing by keeping out those people that would otherwise ruin the experience is simply due dilligence on the part of a company that actually seems to care about their customers’ experience.

  2. Reactionary behavior on Blizzard’s part by doing this does not justify what they are doing. Disclosed or not. IMHO.

    No software should be tracking users or sucking down data from their computers for ANY reason. Even what they perceive to be a ‘valid’ reason.

    And NO, I do not think cheating is ethically right.

    And yes, I too consider the ‘pacts’ between grocery chains and advertising companies to track consumers insideous as well.

    Thank you for your comments and giving a counterpoint.

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