Nearly a year since Bungie first filed a lawsuit against cheat provider Elite Boss Tech, the illegal company has agreed to pay $13.5 million To the developers of Destiny 2 for violating their copyright. As first reported by TorrentFreak, this marks the end of a long and costly battle for the defendants, who found themselves suddenly strapped for cash (which is a good thing).
The company, including the named defendants and several anonymous cheat creators and providers, has also been permanently banned from further creating or distributing any software that infringes Bungie’s intellectual property rights.
As for how the high $13.5 million figure was reached, an agreement between Bungie and Elite Boss Tech saw the latter admit to thousands of violations of Bungie’s DMCA software in Destiny 2. Since software that violated this DMCA was downloaded 6,765 times, each violation represented a loss of $2,000, and these numbers were multiplied to arrive at the total.
Just last August (2021), Bungie filed a lawsuit against Elite Boss Tech, claiming that the creation and distribution of cheating software clearly violated their copyright. Bungie has reversed all additional fees, including fraud, money laundering and extortion.
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