Warcraft, Glider Go PvP Over Bot Argument

Disagreement over whether program infringes copyright

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An Arizona court received summaries from World of Warcraft parent firm Blizzard and from software developer Michael Donnelly over his MMO Glider program.

The $25 Glider program performs the perfunctory character tasks like grinding and skinning in World of Warcraft. This frees up the player to enjoy other aspects of the game, like Battlegrounds.

Blizzard considers Glider a bot, against its terms of service, and wants Donnelly and Glider grounded for good. Donnelly claimed in an October 2006 filing against Blizzard that three people, one a Blizzard executive, the other a lawyer for the company, the third unidentified, showed up at his home and ordered him to stop violating Blizzard’s rights with the software, then called WoW Glider.

Thinking his company faced an immediate lawsuit from Blizzard, Donnelly’s company filed a request for declatory judgment that Glider does not infringe on Blizzard’s copyrights.

Blizzard counter-sued Donnelly over Glider. As the BBC noted, both sides seek summary judgment in the case, per motions each side filed on March 21.

Attempts at settling the case in October 2007 made some progress, but both sides were too far apart on the issues to come up with a settlement.

Warcraft, Glider Go PvP Over Bot Argument
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  • http://www.roleplaygateway.com Forum Roleplay

    Meh, I’m apathetic about programs like this.  What’s to say that I can design a physical machine that plays the game?  Repeats physical motions?  Is this against Blizzard’s ToS?

  • Guest

    Yes it would be. how they would prove it I dunno. But it all comes into play under the term they describe as “the spirit of the game”
    Violations thereof resulting in banning.

  • Anon

    I’m not a Glider user, but I have hand leveled two WoW characters to 70. And it gets very old very fast. Don’t get me wrong, WoW is a fun game, but the fun is in the progresson. When you feel like makinga new character and playing in a totally different style, you’ve got to start from scratch. If the gameplay was actually entertaining rather than repetative garbage, there wouldn’t be a need for bots. I fully support Glider on this one.

    The Glider program does nothing that a human being can’t, other than grind without falling asleep. It’s not glider’s fault that the gameplay is boring, and requires third party software to get through efficiently. If Blizzard wants this botting to end, they need to work on their own flaws before pointing fingers at others.

    • William

      I must really comment that.
      I used to bot very much when i was playing world of warcraft. The thing is. That you kinda get addicted with botting later on. I love playing Bgs. BUT, instead i put on the bot and go watch TV. You loose the fun parts of the game and then you get tired of the whole game. You stop playing and let the bot play instead.
      Now im permantly banned from wow and i will never be able to play it again. Sucks.

      Over n out

  • Flow

    I am a Glider user and I ain’t afraid to say it. A lot of ppl hates us but i realy love Glider. I am a student, and I used to play WoW a LOT. Now that I use Glider I can only enjoy the loving aspects of the game like BG’s, Instances and so on. I can now use the time that otherwise I would lose leveling on studying, getting out with my girlfriend and still keep up with other ppl. Glider can even help disabled ppl to play this, I must say it because it’s the bare truth, Beautiful Game, with capital B and G.

    • Guest

      Unfortunately this program has also destroyed battle grounds so people can no longer enjoy them. Honor farming with these bots is common. The team that wins is the team with the lesser number of BOTs.

      If you don’t have the time to play WOW cause you are a student don’t play it. Cheating is not a solution to any problem.

  • http://wowmapmod.com Mapmod v2

    Hmm, by account was banned for using these programms. I don’t recomend you to use Glider or other similar programms.

  • Guest

    Lets get right to the point it’sa cheat progrma  no way around it. you may say it’s not but it is. it modfiy’s the wow memory to run. givinig you the upeer had to run 24/7 while not at the keybord.

  • SL

    If Blizzard wins I’ll be closing all of my accounts. I don’t bot unattended and have never botted a BG, but with out Glider the game is even more of a waste of time than we players already know it is 😛

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