Originally Posted by MagicBox
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!
Except that many of the people who are named in the letters won't be responsible for the file sharing. The RIAA proved that they do get it wrong at least some of the time. Then add all the people who had a visting nephew downloading content, had unsecured wifi that a neighbor used, or rented a room to someone who downloaded content.
They make the cost of settling just slightly less than the cost of defending yourself in court. That way it doesn't matter if the person who receives the threatening letter is innocent or guilty, they will be coerced into paying up or else face even greater legal fees and time being wasted defending themselves.
The whole thing stinks of extortion and the practice should be made illegal. I thought long and hard about not supporting GOG anymore. In the end I like their no DRM model so much that I have decided to still buy their games despite this dirty and underhanded practice. What I won't do is tell anyone about the service anymore. I won't be an evangelist for a company who does that sort of thing. To be honest I felt kind of betrayed by them, especially after talking so highly about them and buying over 30 games just so far.
Originally Posted by Tunechi
Personally I think they should just bill the pirates double the price of the game. Only people who wouldn't see that as fair are pirates themselves or people who have personal issues with reprimanding. I bought Witcher 2 off Amazon so I have nothing to worry about.
I think you have the right idea. Except what would happen is this. They collect the IP addresses of everyone they can find in a swarm. They then send these people settlement letters.
BUT, the settlement would be this: "Dear Sir or Madam, we have recently found evidence to suggest you've downloaded our game without paying for it. We would like to offer you one chance to buy the game at regular retail price. If you decide not to purchase the game we may pursue any legal remedy available to us under current copyright law. If you do purchase the game then you may download it form our servers at GOG.com. Thanks for your cooperation"
That would be fair and probably lead to a few hundred thousand more sales for whichever title they attempted it for, maybe more depending on what percentage of people ponied up.Edited by Mygaffer - 12/15/11 at 12:28pm