Jagex Games (RuneScape) Wins Bot-maker Suit

Jagex Games Studio has won its two-year lawsuit against Impulse Software for developing and selling macro/bot software for use in the MMO RPG RuneScape.  The lawsuit may serve as a serious deterrent for bot-makers in games around the world.

Impulse’s iBot allowed users to automatically complete tasks and level up in RuneScape without actually playing the game – a practice frowned upon and generally prohibited in the terms of service of most MMOs.

Jagex filed suit against the Florida-based bot maker in February 2010 on accusations of violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) as well as copyright and trademark infringements.

The court has ruled that Impulse must pay Jagex substantial damages (no dollar figure release) and issued an injunction preventing the company from developing or participating in the development of bot software for any Jagex product.

Impulse was also ordered to give up websites, domains, source code, and customer lists related to the bot software.  That includes details on individuals involved in the script writing and selling process.

This comes on the heels of Jagex implementing massive new anti-bot filtering and security software for RuneScape.


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