Bossland, a German company known for creating bot-based cheating applications for games, has been successfully sued by Blizzard to the tune of over $8 million. A court in California ordered Bossland to play $8.563.600 for over 42,818 counts of copyright infringement. Blizzard’s argument was, “The Bossland hacks destroy the integrity of the Blizzard games, thereby alienating and frustrating legitimate players and diverting revenue from Blizzard to defendants.”
Bossland is opposed to the ruling, rejecting the notion that a US court has any jurisdiction over the Germany-based company, and is considering its options for further action. It was also ordered to cover Blizzard's legal costs, adding another $174,872 to the total damage.
I’m with Blizzard on this one. Many of its games are based on competition, and players being able to mess with the game using external tools is the sort of thing that can ruin the whole scene. If a competitive game isn’t competitively viable, it’s dead in the water.