A Mt. Lebanon man whose hobby-turned-business crossed swords with a fantasy gaming company faces a $300,000 legal judgment and other penalties, U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry ruled Thursday.
Philip James Holland, 23, copied the online game Evony: Age II, and circumvented its owners' controls over their intellectual property, Judge McVerry found.
New York-based Evony LLC and Regan Mercantile LLC had sought $825,000 in damages after Mr. Holland failed to file an answer to their claim of copyright infringement. Judge McVerry found that some of their charges overlapped, and awarded less than half that amount.
Mr. Holland is barred from further infringement and is also on the hook for all reasonable costs and fees Evony incurred in its federal civil lawsuit, the judge found.
Mr. Holland had claimed that he made minimal money selling maps of the fantasy world of Evony, through which an estimated 2 million players roam via the Internet.