Court Reduces $45 Million Dollar Claim to $3.5 Million Against Couple Who Illegally Copied Online Game
Krypton Radio Newswire
Nexon America, owner of the online MMORPG service MapleStory, has won a court battle against Gurvinder Kumar and his associates who were alleged to have operated an exploited version of the MapleStory game, called UMaple. Kumar’s UMaple service allowed players to run the basic MapleStory game with his and his associates enhancements, and allowed players to play the game outside of Nexon’s servers, which deprived them of revenue from in-game sales of custom content. MapleStory is self-described As the world’s first and most successful side-scrolling 2D online game, MapleStory offers distinctive avatars, a huge variety of items, a slew of quests, ease of control, and an ever-expanding world for you to explore!
Court documents show that Nexon determined that over 17,900 players took advantage of the exploited MapleStory service through UMaple; and in its suit against Kumar it demanded damages and attorney’s fees that totaled up to just under $45 Million dollars USD. While the court did agree that Kumar had indeed violated Nexon’s legal copyrights, it found that Nexon was perhaps making claims of damages that were grossly excessive, and accused Nexon of intentionally attempting to mislead the court. Nexon made counter claims stating that under the law that they were entitled to sums as large as this, but the court disagreed, finding that such amounts would provide an excessive windfall for Nexon, instead of recovering actual lost revenue.
When examined, it was determined that despite player donations to Kumar to aide in operating the UMaple service; Nexon was only able to prove that $398.98 profit Kumar received was directly gained through advertising of UMaple on Google.
Courthouse News Service