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Copyright law exists so that creators of all kinds can enjoy the fruits of their labor. But what if software, which appears to violate the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions to allow cheating in Genshin Impact, is hacked by a third party and distributed online for free? Apparently, the first logical step by the creators is to claim violations of the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.
Over the past two years, a number of high-profile lawsuits have been filed against individuals and groups who create cheat software for video games.
Companies such as Bungie, Riot Games and Take-Two have all sued fraudsters for undermining their gaming environments and business models, claiming the tools violate the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.
Gator Cheats, for example, agreed to pay Riot and Bungie $ 2 million to settle their case, but despite the risks, many cheaters and sellers continued with their work, resulting in even more lawsuits, including most are registered in the United States.
But what if you’re a cheat software maker and you’re upset that someone is hacking your work? It turns out that the DMCA can be very effective in combating this threat as well.
Cheat Maker releases Genshin XYZ
UnKnoWnCheaTs.me is a discussion board dedicated to hacking and cheating in multiplayer games. It claims to be the oldest such forum on the Internet and stresses that it does not promote the illegal use of software.
In mid-December, a new version appeared on the forum titled ‘Genshin XYZ’, a software that works with open-world role-playing and action-playing. Genshin Impact. Despite a development and marketing budget of over $ 100 million, Genshin Impact is free to play but is monetized through gacha game mechanical.
The wide range of features from Genshin XYZ seems designed to undermine this monetization since the tool allows players to cheat in their own way to progress instead. This is the type of behavior that has attracted copyright infringement lawsuits in the past, but in this case the makers of Genshin XYZ are using copyright law to prevent piracy of their product.
Cheat Maker targets ‘Cracker’ software
When the Genshin XYZ team released their latest version in December, they announced that unlike their previous versions, this cheat tool would come with a “special loader” that would help players use the product. However, it looks like someone deleted this item and posted a “cracked” version of the cheat tool on Github with its own loader.
This clearly did not go well with the Genshin XYZ team who responded with a DMCA takedown notice claiming that the cracker infringed their intellectual property rights.
DMCA Anti-Circumvention Provisions
“GenshinXYZ / GenshinPublic is our illegally pirated software distributed by the user with mention [sic]“, We read in a DMCA takedown notice posted on Github.
“The original software is a DLL that we publish to a DLL loader that we programmed in C # with VMProtection. This should prevent third parties from redistributing and selling the DLL as their own. “
Interestingly enough, the review claims that the hacked version of the cheat tool violates the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.
“They cracked the C # loader to get the DLL. Then, they integrated the DLL into their own loader, which they now distribute under the name “GenshinPublic”. The repository is an illegal crack and download of our software and should be removed ”, the note adds.
Github analysis results in Takedown
That the creators of a cheat that almost certainly violates the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA attempted to have a copy removed under the same law is both novel and quite ironic, to say the least. to say. However, Github was not convinced that the crack “pirate” committed any offenses in this regard.
“Although GitHub has not found sufficient information to determine a valid anti-circumvention claim, we have determined that this takedown notice contains other valid copyright claims,” the note read.
As a result, Github honored the takedown request on broader grounds of copyright infringement and deactivated the repository, which likely satisfied the scammers.
Nonetheless, it is interesting to observe that people who seem happy to violate the DMCA on the one hand are also ready to seek redress using the same law on the other hand.