DMCA-Circumventing Cheat Maker Uses DMCA to Take Down Cracked Copy
Copyright law exists so that creators of all kinds can enjoy the fruits of their labor. But what if a piece of software, that appears to breach the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA to enable cheating in Genshin Impact, gets cracked by a third party and distributed online for free? Apparently, the logical first step by the creators is to claim breaches of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions.
Companies including Bungie, Riot Games, and Take-Two have all taken cheat makers to court for undermining their gaming environments and business models, claiming that these tools violate the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.
Gator Cheats, for example, agreed to pay Riot and Bungie $2m to settle their case but despite the risks, many cheat makers and sellers have continued their work regardless, resulting in yet more lawsuits, most of which are filed in the US.
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