Activision Begins Suing File Sharers [Updated]

from the backlash-beware dept

While EA has faced a ton of backlash lately for its decision to use draconian DRM (though it's since backed down a bit), at least the company has made it clear that it doesn't think it makes sense to follow the RIAA and sue file sharers. Activision, on the other hand, seems to have gone in the opposite direction, recently filing a bunch of lawsuits against file sharers, even to the point of asking for $30,000 to $150,000 in damages per violation. While it's within Activision's legal right to do so, the company may want to be careful in pissing off hard core gamers. The backlash can hurt a lot more than any bit of file sharing ever would. Update: As a few people noted in the comments, Activision is claiming that the lawsuit in question was not about file sharing, but has not provided more details yet.
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Filed Under: file sharing, lawsuits, video games
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    Forge, 23 Sep 2008 @ 9:45am

    Not P2P

    These guys they are suing were selling hard copies of games and modchips, and had been doing so for a very long time. I don't know that it's all of them, but at least a few were notified multiple times and continued selling copies.

    I have no sympathy whatsoever. It's one thing to steal for your own use, it's another entirely to sell the stolen goods, especially in an ongoing fashion.

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