News emerges that Blizzard is taking down private WoW servers.
Blizzard appears to be quietly taking down the assortment of ‘private servers’ running pirate copies of World of Warcraft. While no confirmation has been made, forums posts in several places indicate that many of the popular servers have disappeared from the internet.
According to a post found on the very recently set up website Vioku – apparently created for the community of private server AniWoW – the following happened:
Ok, so by now.. most of you should be probably aware of what’s going on..
But for those that don’t, I’ll make it simple.. “Blizzard Entertainment” have sent us a “copyright dmca notice” with a take down request, which needs to be done within 24/hours (btw 12 hours passed already). This isn’t a joke obviously, and to protect our asses we’ve decided to take the server down and cooperate with Blizzard on this request.. Is obviously that we don’t want to go jail for a game!
So here’s what we’re going to do (I won’t go into too much details): Our servers will remain closed until further notice, but is most likely that we’ll close our doors to World of Warcraft permanently.. This however, does not mean that is the end to our community and future ideas, after all.. our goal was to make Aniwow one of the best private servers by January.. remember that? Well, it might be an impossible task now that everything has turn down into us, but remember.. it’s never the end to something that received a lot of dedication (at least to my own personal rules), that being said.. there’s a second chapter coming up… no one never knows.
We’ll keep up to date with this as more news becomes available, but for now, it looks like Blizzard is dealing a significant blow to those who dwell on these servers.
Update: Looks like there are indeed take-downs happening, with many websites for private servers now down. One server, Chaos Crusade, has posted the following:
We regret to inform you that ChaosCrusade will be down until the issue with the received DMCA is cleared.
We cannot give a time/date or even an estimation at this present point in time but we will try to keep all of our users updated.
12/05/08: ChaosCrusade pending contact with the law firm Sonnenschein.
12/04/08: ChaosCrusade receives a photocopy of what appears to be a DMCA letter from the law firm Sonnenschein.
The threat at hand is debated as a possible hoax due to the DMCA lacking vital information to actually make it a formal DMCA notice.
The letter is missing:
a) A statement made under penalty of perjury.
Sonnenschein is the law firm that represented Blizzard during the high profile case against those responsible for bNetd, the server software that enabled people to play Blizzard’s previous games online without using the official Battle.net server system.
Update 2: It looks like the DMCA action has been confirmed with this update from ChaosCrusade:
12/05/08: DMCA notice passed as authentic. ChaosCrusade’s future will be discussed over the next few days. All realms will remain offline.
There’s a good list of statements from various private server sites on the MMOwned forums.