Activision sues video game file-sharers

By on September 19, 2008, 3:42 PM
Piracy has long been a frustrating reality for game developers, which have (with limited impact) turned to anti-piracy technologies in their efforts to thwart it. Tired of this, it seems, Activision is taking a more aggressive approach by suing pirates on a case-by-case basis much like the RIAA and MPAA.

According to a report by Edge Online, Activision has sued a New York resident in federal court for allegedly copying and distributing Call of Duty 3 for the Xbox 360 and other unnamed games. The publisher is seeking statutory damages ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 for each of the alleged violations.

Interestingly, after looking into the matter, GamePolitics found that Activision has been rigorously litigating file-sharers lately. Six additional suits have been uncovered, some of which result in Activision garnering settlements in the $1,000 - $100,000 range from individuals who are not represented by attorneys and as part of their settlements agree not to discuss the case.

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Zsj said:
So does this mean that if I copy a game and give it to my friend I will be sued? And how will they know if I copy it or not?And I think that is a little "EXTREME" couldn't they just say, "If you want better games from us, don't copy them" ?If they sue me for copying ONE game I will kill Activision, cause my family is poor.
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