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CD Project vs. File-Sharers Follow-up

Eurogamer has a statement from CD Projekt to the report that they are sending letters to those accused of pirating The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. While restating their strong feelings about not using DRM, they clarify that this does not mean they are okay with their game being stolen:

However, that shouldn't be confused with us giving a green light to piracy. We will never approve of it, since it doesn't only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry.

We've seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 per cent sure have downloaded our game illegally.

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46. Re: The Humble Indie Bundle #4 Dec 19, 2011, 14:14 Beamer
 
Bhruic wrote on Dec 19, 2011, 10:59:
I'm comfortable calling that stealing.

You can be "comfortable" calling it whatever you want, but you're still mislabeling it. Now I don't really care about the labels personally, but at the same time, words have definitions for a reason, and you're using the wrong one.

Oh, and it's worth pointing out - copyright infringement is a civil matter, stealing is a criminal one. The reason that people get sued is because they can't be charged with a crime. If downloading and playing a game actually was stealing, people would be seeing jail time for doing it. And they aren't.

Copyright infringement laws are mostly written from a time when it was impossible to actually steal something copyrighted without stealing something physical, so the laws were created around manufacturing and distributing, not around using.
Things have changed and the laws need to, and will, change with it.

Keep in mind, however, that you're stealing a game worth $50 or less, so it isn't like the cops will be breaking down your door. But you are stealing. I'm talking about morally here, not legally. You're taking something that someone else is selling without paying for it.


 
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