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http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/12/15/cd-projekt-threatening-alleged-pirates/
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...The publisher is reportedly threatening alleged (but unproven) pirates with ludicrous legal letters demanding large amounts of money.

Reminiscent of the vile threats sent out by delightful legal firm Davenport Lyons in 2008, the practice which TorrentFreak points out a US federal judge described as a “shakedown” has apparently been initiated in Germany, where thousands of letters have apparently been sent out demanding the ridiculous sum of €911.80 from anyone they think has downloaded and shared the game by bittorrent.

The widely condemned practice relies on the process of tracing people by their IP address, as if that’s any useful way to recognise a person using an internet connection.

Oh, CD Projekt.
I used to love you....
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What? People are getting punished for crimes?

Quick, someone call the President!
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http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/12/15/cd-projekt-threatening-alleged-pirates/
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...The publisher is reportedly threatening alleged (but unproven) pirates with ludicrous legal letters demanding large amounts of money.
Reminiscent of the vile threats sent out by delightful legal firm Davenport Lyons in 2008, the practice which TorrentFreak points out a US federal judge described as a “shakedown” has apparently been initiated in Germany, where thousands of letters have apparently been sent out demanding the ridiculous sum of €911.80 from anyone they think has downloaded and shared the game by bittorrent.
The widely condemned practice relies on the process of tracing people by their IP address, as if that’s any useful way to recognise a person using an internet connection.
Oh, CD Projekt.
I used to love you....
Why? Their products are still DRM free.

So now going after pirates is a bad thing? Why?

As long as they keep their promise of non intrusive DRM or no DRM period, then they still win in my book.

Nothing wrong with cracking down on the pirates as long as legit customers aren't affected.
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Lol, and they think the pirates will actually give them the money they request?
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The sole reason they demand money from people they think has pirated, is just ridiculous.
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If true, they lose a lot of the respect I had for them. This would of been a lot cooler if they sent out letters to suspected pirates asking "If you liked the game please consider buying it" with a url to TW2's gog page.
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I don't see the problem. If you don't down or up CDPR product torrents you have nothing to fear. If you do, you're fair game to be haunted for eternity by every force in the world untill death becomes your only friend. Go CDPR!
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Lol, and they think the pirates will actually give them the money they request?
No, but a threat to take it to court is a pretty good warning and lets people re-think pirating and lets them know they can get caught and there are consequences.
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If true, they lose a lot of the respect I had for them. This would of been a lot cooler if they sent out letters to suspected pirates asking "If you liked the game please consider buying it" with a url to TW2's gog page.
So all pirates just get a slap on the wrist? If you didn't pirate it there's nothing to worry about.

If you got a letter and didn't pirate it chances are you pirated something else which is how they got your IP.

Moral of the story: Don't pirate.
Edited by Yvese - 12/15/11 at 9:58am
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I didn't expect this...not after their statement on that DRM is a bad thing to use...well, maybe it is if they can get the pirates to pay this much. Piracy would be very profitable for them then

I will say it again...piracy should have a penalty similar to shop lifting. They are different crimes, but the level is about the same. Some one got an experience for free that others had to pay for. I know a couple guys that tried to sneak into an amusement park. What they did was very similar to pirating a piece of software since they were after a free entertainment experience that really wasn't limited to a number of people, but they were charged with breaking and entering. they took a deal to get it reduced to Trespassing or something along those lines though. But Breaking and Entering? A felony? For skipping out on a $30 entry fee? At the same time I know people that shoplifted and got like 30 hours of community service.

If some one pirates something and is caught, they should not be able to get a fine, penalty, or lawsuit against them that would supersede the penalty for shoplifting in the area it happened in. Here in my state of Minnesota it should be:
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Any cases involving property or services valued at less than $500 is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
Though that is the max penalty...a $50 game shouldn't be anywhere near the max.
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Whether piracy is theft or not, it's a criminal act and THAT discussion is a DEAD HORSE, take that elsewhere!!

CDPR offers DRM free products, not to hand it out to pirates for free, but to let their legit customers enjoy their products in any ways they see fit (unlimited installs, not bound to machine IDs, no rootkits you get the gist).
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