Posts Tagged "File Sharing"

The History of Software Piracy

The History of Software Piracy

Video games are a form of intellectual property, like books and film, that, once they have been created, can be copied. Copying a game is a lot cheaper than buying it because the copier is making no contribution to the cost of making the game in the first place. But, obviously, if everybody copied there would be no revenue for games makers and there would be no games. There are two main forms of game piracy and circumventing DRM (copy protection). There is...

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$304,149,300 Stolen From Activision

$304,149,300 Stolen From Activision

Over $300 million dollars was stolen off of just one game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, in 2009. Obviously, Activision had much more stolen from it with other titles, but MW2 is by far the worst affected. According to TorrentFreak, a staggering 4,100,000 copies of the PC version of MW2 were stolen and 970,000 copies of the Microsoft Xbox 360 version. Thieves using bit torrents are indulging in the biggest orgy of theft in the history of humanity. When they...

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Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Online File Sharing: The Rules of the Game

Naturally, fine, upstanding members of society such as yourself would never engage in illegal online file sharing. So let’s just assume you’re not getting pirated games, movies or music this way – just legitimate software demos, mods, user-generated content, fan-made updates, bonus levels and other wholesome content. With that out of the way, one important thing worth keeping in mind: Taking part in the wild word of BitTorrent and peer-to-peer...

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