Blizzard continues to pursue the cheat maker Bossland for a sizable sum of cash.
Bossland has created some of the more prolific cheat tools for Blizzard games and Blizzard has been battling in the courts to stop it. The latest news is that Blizzard has now filed a default judgment against Bossland in the district court in California seeking $8.5 million in damages.
The $8.5 million number has been based on 42,818 infringements with each infringement within the US having a value of $200 which is minimum statutory damages. The action is being taken for the distribution and sale of Honorbuddy, Demonbuddy, Stormbuddy, Hearthbuddy, and Watchover Tyrant cheat tools.
Blizzard states that Bossland’s decision to default is “a calculated and bad-faith tactic designed to shield its unlawful conduct from the reach of United States law.”
The court document explains:
“The relief that Blizzard seeks in this motion is eminently reasonable and appropriate. It is limited only to those Bossland products that violate Blizzard’s rights, and is further limited only to conduct Bossland has committed or may commit in the future within the United States. With respect to monetary relief, Blizzard seeks only the minimum awardable statutory damages for violation of Section 1201 of the Copyright Act. It seeks such an award not to punish Bossland or obtain an unjustified windfall, but as a fair monetary award in lieu of actual damages, which are undoubtedly very large but are extremely difficult to precisely calculate, especially without the benefit of discovery. “
In January this year Blizzard won a case against Bossland in Germany who were ordered to cease selling Honorbuddy in Germany. Following the result, Bossland said they would start moving operation outside of Germany. This is the latest move to stop Bossland distributing the tools outside of Germany where they are based.