Tag Archives: piracy

7m Brits download illegally

The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property claims that seven million UK residents have illegally downloaded files from the internet in the last 12 months, with the cumulative value of the stolen material estimated to be 120bn. It adds that 1.3m people use a file-sharing network at least once a …

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Piracy has already cost Sims 3 $9m

The party that’s sure to follow EA’s release of The Sims 3 next week is likely to be a little subdued thanks to the news that the game is being pirated at a faster rate than ‘the most pirated game of 2008′ Spore. Bloomberg reports that an illegal version of …

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Nintendo cripples DS’ R4 piracy threat

Nintendo has revealed a major breakthrough in its fight against the pirate cards that are wrecking DS software revenues – as online giants Amazon and eBay finally agree to prohibit the sale of the devices. The illegal cards, which include the notorious R4, allow pirates to download DS games via …

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Facebook advertises new R4

Social networking site Facebook has allowed advertising for a new piracy-enabling R4-style card on its pages. Ads for the DSTT card appear on profiles of subscribers to the site who have shown an interest in gaming. Like the R4, the DSTT allows consumers to download pirated DS games via a …

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41% of all PC software is pirated

A new study has claimed that a remarkable 41 per cent of all software installations on PC last year were based on illegally pirated copies – a figure which amounts to a market value of $53bn. The global piracy rate in 2007 was pegged at 38 per cent, but successes …

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FRANCE: Online anti-piracy ruling passed

Having been on the brink of approval in November last year, the French government has now given final approval to new laws that could lead to the prosecution of anyone found to have downloaded copyrighted material on three separate occasions. The BBC reports that The Creation and Internet bill was …

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Stardock: Our customers make the rules, not the pirates

Demigod developer Stardock has stated that the huge piracy rates suffered by its recent PC release Demigod will not result in the studio implementing copy protection DRM. If I wrote a post saying that Demigod sales were far below what we had hoped for and I said that the reason …

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Future of The Sims yet to be decided

The development team working on The Sims 3 has yet to even consider what expansions might follow the full release of the game next month, executive producer Ben Bell has told CasualGaming.biz. With the release of The Sims 3 less than a month away, you might be expecting to see …

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Crytek: Pirate Bay prosecution a step forward

Cevat Yerli, the CEO of German games developer Crytek, has admitted that he hopes the recent prosecution of the four owners of BotTorrrent site Pirate Bay could mark a ‘mental shift’ in the way people consume media. I was really happy [at the ruling], to be honest,” Yerli told MCV’s …

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