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Report: CD Projekt pursuing legal action against German Witcher II pirates

Tuesday, 13th December 2011 16:10 GMT By Johnny Cullen

CD Projekt is chasing The Witcher II pirates to the extent it’s hired a German law firm to pursue them, according to a report on VE3D. Those suspected of downloading the game illegally will be forced to “pay up or else” as an attempt by the Polish company to reclaim money lost. If those suspected do not comply, they could face fines up to $1200 or legal action. More information through the links.

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  1. TheBlackHole

    Money is not ‘lost’ unless the intention of the consumer was to buy the game in the first place.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. endgame

    nice! f**k them up CD Projekt! :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Yeah this won’t fly unless you have actual names of people and even then. It would like trying to kill a swarm of nats with a stick.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Badger

    Good! The game industry needs a bit of balls.

    @1 “money lost” may be technically incorrect, but it is still money that they could of had if people didn’t break the law, therefore it should legally be theirs.

    Pirates destroy the industry they leech off of. There’s no excuse. Well done CD Projekt.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    Phoenix is right. It would be hell to prove it in court, and as soon as they lose their first court case, they pretty much lose their ability to pursue these sorts of suits in Germany.

    That being said, if it’s actually true that they’re offering people the opportunity to pay the price of the game before moving for a fine, then that’s an extremely reasonable way of doing it.

    The average shoplifter wouldn’t be offered that kind of luxury.

    @4 Nobody’s destroying the industry except the industry itself. All you have to do is look at the earnings reports of the publishers themselves.

    EA is making more on every PC title than on any other platform, and Activision have doubled their revenue on the PC since 2008.

    Ubisoft and THQ are losing money on the PC, but THQ are making bad games on all platforms, while bothering their PC customers with Games for Windows Live, and while Ubisoft are making good games, they’ve resorted to criminalizing their paying customers with their Online Services Platform, so it’s really not hard to understand how they can be making so much less than their more competent counterparts.

    Neither company is increasing it’s revenue or it’s value, and neither is making a profit at the moment.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    @5 Agree with everything.
    Everyone is saying how PC gamers are bitching whole the time but imagine on Xbox you don’t put achievements and say:”achievements are for pussies ” and then expect great sales on that platform…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @5: Robert Brockway on Cracked.com said it perfectly:

    “My general point doesn’t change with the specific property chosen to represent it. I’m just saying that the publishers are pushing a new theme for 2011 PC games, and that theme is:

    Hey, why don’t you stop playing PC games?”

    #7 2 years ago
  8. thesamy

    lets say i live in germany and i download the game and still buy it afther that am i in danger too?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sorvin

    Funny…. while I agree… try and replace “The Witcher II” with “New pop album” and “CD Projekt” “Major music label” and everyone would be yelling and screaming at the big evil company chasing individuals with big fines.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 That would be because you only replaced the words, without considering any of the implications.

    The music industry invests a fraction of what a games developer invests in a game, it doesn’t even compare, and yet they’re still trying to sell their products for a whopping fourth or more, of what the average games publisher will charge.

    Secondly, they’re only selling their products for a fourth of what the average games publisher will charge, and yet the overzealous industry groups would never dream of going to court for 1200 dollars. Try multiplying it by a hundred and you’d be a lot closer, which further serves to alienate their cause.

    That’s completely without mentioning the all too obvious fact that the music industry has all but run itself into the ground, failing to keep up with the times, which doesn’t go for it’s customers, which is why they have a hard time getting sympathy these days, sometimes even from their own executives.

    I don’t like games publishers very much and I think they do a lot of things wrong, but they’re still only half as dimwitted and mean spirited as their colleagues in the music industry.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. endgame

    wow this is really nice. with the exception of Badger the entire vg247 community promotes or at least approves with piracy. can’t say I’m shocked though..

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Are you stupid? Majority of us do not endorse piracy we are simply saying there is no way to stop it. Look at Hollywood with them criminalizing piracy, do you think that is actually working because it doesn’t.
    They get a huge fat fine 200k, possible prison time of 10 years if caught. What do you suggest that Hollywood does to catch these people? Then you are asking the federal government to put these people in prison instead of the rapist or murderer or they pay a huge fat fine that they will never achieve to get in their life time so that means that everyone loses and the tax payers pay for these stupid cases. No the best solution is to do what EA and other publishers(minus Ubisoft) are trying to achieve promote their consumers with buying the game or create a DRM that the consumer doesn’t even know its there like Steamworks.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Old MacDonald

    I don’t want to support pirates in any way, but this general way of “fighting” piracy is highly dubious. Unethical, even. I am sad that an otherwise respectable company resorts to such tactics.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 Based on what? The unethical thing is arguably grabbing a game without paying.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. endgame

    @12 just by being a negative b***h shows that u support it.

    @13 what 14 said. doooh! my god u r such an a**hole. “fighting piracy is unethical” u say. f**k off pirate!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @15: Being honest is somehow a bad thing?

    You’re clearly lacking the intelligence to properly understand what the people write here.

    #16 2 years ago