Elite Boss Tech, a team of developers from software to cheat on destiny 2 and other video games with multiplayer modes, has agreed to pay $13.5 million in damages to Bungie after a long legal process that has lasted for almost a year (via Kotaku). The group shared through its website a software of cheats for Bungie’s shooter, something that led the studio to sue them for copyright infringement.
The developer is currently involved in multiple lawsuits against various websites that publish without their consent software of traps that unbalance the games of destiny 2. On June 9, Robert James Duthie Nelson, owner of Elite Boss Tech, admitted that his cheat software adds an unauthorized “graphical overlay” to the game that implements third-party code on top of Bungie’s copyrighted code. what constitutes a “unauthorized derivative work”. Nelson and his team are committed to never again creating or distributing any software that infringes Bungie’s rights.
Software circumvents Bungie security measures
On the other hand, Nelson accepted that his software cheating circumvented the specific technological measures that Bungie had created for the game to control who could access what specific files. The fact of having eluded them constitutes, as you can imagine, a direct violation of the DMCA. According to court documents, the cheating software it was downloaded about 6765 times and each discharge amounts to an independent and offending circumvention device. If we multiply the number of downloads by “the statutory damages of $2,000 per violation,” the total payout is $13,530,000.