Fortnite creator takes 14-year-old to court over cheating
A 14-year-old boy is among several people the creators of Fortnite is suing for selling ways to cheat at the online game.
The US court proceedings launched by Epic Games claims several gamers including the minor infringed its copyright by using and selling cheats for the Battle Royale game.
Epic claims the activity breaches the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention provisions and has filed for damages from the gamers, who face maximum penalties of $US150,000.
The lawsuit stems from Epic's successful DMCA bid to have YouTube remove a video in which the defendant is allegedly promoting cheating.
A DMCA counter-notice to reinstate the video was filed on behalf of the 14-year-old, forcing Epic to launch legal action to stop video automatically becoming available again after 14 days.
"A defendant's submission of a DMCA counter notification, which requires YouTube to restore the infringing content unless Epic files an action seeking a court order to restrain Defendant from engaging in infringing activity, creates a continuing risk of copyright infringement," the company explained in its complaint.
Lawyers representing the minor have filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming the court doesn't have jurisdiction over their client, which is based in Cary, North Carolina.
"Defendant C.B. is a child who lives in Illinois with absolutely no connection to North Carolina. Nonetheless, Plaintiff Epic Games, Inc., a multibillion company, wants to drag him into court here," they wrote, reported TorrentFreak.
"Exercising jurisdiction over C.B. would be unfair and unreasonable, as well as forbidden by the United States Constitution."
Previous cases have seen the company settle outside of court, with gamers forced to sign consent judgments in which they promise not to cheat or engage in any more copyright-infringing activity.
Earlier this year, YouTuber "Golden Modz" agreed to an undisclosed settlement and a permanent injunction that prevents him from promoting Fortnite cheats.
The current legal action against the 14-year-old remains open.
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