"bnetd" is a program to run private servers for Blizzard's multiplayer games.

On 19 February 2002, Vivendi Universal Games/Blizzard Entertainment demanded the shutdown of bnetd.org, claiming their software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by bypassing "anti-circumvention technology".

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Legal Analysis Critical of Blizzard v Bnetd
"Lawmeme.org (from the Yale Law School) has published a long piece with lots of background and legal analysis on the case. Conclusion: Blizzard has an uphill legal battle." News and reader discussion. [Slashdot]
Lumen: Bnetd Project
Bilzzard's DMCA cease and desist letter with FAQ.
Q&A With Vivendi Rep About Bnetd
"War3pub.net managed to get some answers out of a Vivendi rep about why they are suing BnetD and what they hope to accomplish." News and reader discussion. [Slashdot] (April 23, 2002)
EFF Takes Bnetd Case
"Blizzard is attempting to squash the Battle.net emulator and open source bnetd project. The EFF has taken the case." News and reader discussion. [Slashdot] (March 12, 2002)
Group Backs ISP in Online Gaming Dispute
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced Tuesday that it will provide legal representation for a St. Louis Internet service provider threatened by media conglomerate Vivendi Universal for hosting online versions of Vivendi games." By David Becker. [CNet] (March 12, 2002)
Blizzard, Bnetd Respond on Bnetd Shutdown
"Following the roar of protests following the shut down of the BnetD-project, Blizzard has posted a Battle.net emulation FAQ, citing their reasons to search out and close any project that allows people to play Blizzard games online without using Battle.net." News and reader discussion. [Slashdot] (February 22, 2002)
Blizzard Rains on Bnetd Project
"Blizzard Entertainment has shut down the bnetd project using the DMCA, as declared in their site." News and reader discussion forum. [Slashdot] (February 21, 2002)
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