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Europe is “rife” with piracy says ESA

Tuesday, 17th February 2009 23:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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The ESA has filed a special report with the US trade representative outlining how “rife” piracy is in Western Europe.

According to the report, during December 2008 thirteen different titles were downloaded 6.4 million times — two titles accounted for 4.7 million of those downloads

“Piracy is the single greatest threat to the innovation, artistic commitment and technological advancements enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide,” said ESA bossman Michael Gallagher.

“Piracy is a job-killer that the world economy cannot afford in these difficult economic times.

“Countries that skirt obligations to combat piracy need to understand the unacceptable damage they are facilitating —and those countries that invest in protecting intellectual property rights and ensure that piracy is not tolerated at any level should be lauded.”

Filed by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, the report lists copyright and piracy issues that have occurred in 48 foreign countries.

It is suggested that 40 of these countries be put on a “USTR Watch List” with Italy, Spain, France Germany and Poland being the biggest offenders.

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  1. Hunam

    Problem there is that to tackle piracy, we’d need to lose some more of our civil liberties, I like my civil liberties, or what’s left of them.

    Secondly, companies abuse their own power, some kid downloads a game and they want to sue the dad for $400,000, making a point is one thing, but that’s lunacy.

    Thirdly, you can’t beat the internet.

    Fourthly, Europe actually buy PC games, US don’t, go hassle them.

    Fifthly, spore piracy was about making a point.

    Sixthly, find another way to protect your copyrights instead of suing potential customers. DRM is nasty yes, but I’m ok with it as long as it allows paying customers a good service, and a better service than those who steal.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. sickpuppysoftware

    Hang on, I thought EA were the single greatest threat to the innovation, artistic commitment and technological advancements enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Rock_Me_Amadeus

    This ESA release smells like Team America: World Police to me.

    #3 6 years ago