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Blizzard game company uses DMCA to shut down Bnetd emulator app

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February 19, 2002

Internet Gateway Inc.
tjung@igateway.net <mailto:tjung@igateway.net>
noc@igateway.net <mailto:noc@igateway.net>
hostmaster@igateway.net <mailto:hostmaster@igateway.net>

Dear Sir or Madam:
This letter is to notify you, pursuant to the provisions of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act, that we believe one of your customers is
infringing Blizzard Entertainment's, a division of Vivendi Universal Games,
Inc. ("VUG"), copyrighted materials. Specifically, Blizzard Entertainment is
the owner of the copyright for the computer games Diablo(r) II and StarCraft(r)
and the multi-player server software run by Blizzard Entertainment on its
Battle.net(r) site.  The following site hosts and/or distributes software that
violates Blizzard Entertainment's copyright:
http://www.bnetd.org/ <http://www.bnetd.org/>
The aforementioned site either hosts or distributes software which illegally
modifies and/or alters Blizzard Entertainment copyrighted software or
bypasses anti-circumvention technology, thereby infringing upon Blizzard
Entertainment copyrights. Accordingly, Blizzard Entertainment demands that
you act expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the web page listed
above in order for you to claim a safe harbor under the DMCA from liability
for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement.  Please immediately
delete or disable access to this web page and remove its contents from view.
Should you have any questions, please contact the undersigned at
piracy@blizzard.com <mailto:piracy@blizzard.com> or 949-955-1380 extension
I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained
of is not authorized by Blizzard Entertainment, VUG, its agents or the law,
and that the information in this notice is accurate. I declare under penalty
of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that I am
authorized to act on behalf of all of the aforementioned entities.

Rod Rigole
Corporate Counsel

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