EFF Cases: Blizzard Games, MBTA/MIT

By Ericka Chickowski Print this article Print

The Electronic Frontier Foundation fights tirelessly for free speech and privacy rights, but it is also a big proponent for free innovation. The following legal cases are some of the most important the EFF has participated in over the years.

6. Blizzard Games v. BnetD

The EFF doesn’t win ‘em all. Take this case, for instance. EFF’s team argued that the BnetD programmers who developed  a game server that worked with Blizzard video games such as World of Warcraft didn’t violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), but ultimately BnetD didn’t prevail because of Blizzard Games’ end user license agreement (EULA) barring the practice of reverse engineering. End User Licensing Agreements (EULA) are frequently the make or break factor in such reverse engineering DMCA cases.

7. MBTA v. Anderson

One of EFF’s most recent cases had it defending three students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who found a computer security vulnerability in the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority fare system and wanted to present their finds at this year’s DEFCON. The MBTA sued these students and got the US District Court to issue a gag order. EFF has been working on the students defense, and though the students were unable to present at DEFCON the gag order has been lifted.

For a more in-depth look at the EFF, read The EFF Patrols Uncharted Online Territory.

This article was originally published on 2008-10-13
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