"Piracy is the single greatest threat to the development and release of innovative and creative entertainment software that consumers demand and enjoy. It's a job killer in an economy that needs millions more jobs, not less," said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "This decision confirms that the harm being inflicted on creators of digital works by BitTorrent sites like The Pirate Bay will not be tolerated, and that such actions are subject to criminal sanctions."
The ESA also points to their own report on piracy rates in Western Europe. During December 2008, users downloaded 6.4 million illegal copies of just 13 games, according to the report. The total number of completed downloads made of the two most popular titles during December was 4.7 million.