by Mike Masnick
Tue, Sep 23rd 2008 8:33am
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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