Oh dear. Why is it that even when companies have a seemingly legitimate gripe about people copying their intellectual property they have such an uncanny knack for squandering any goodwill? Is it some kind of elaborate legal strategy? Consumer research group Which was contacted by Gill and Ken Murdoch, from Scotland after the couple had been accused of illegally sharing the game Race07 by lawyers representing Atari. The couple told Which that they have never played a computer game in their lives. Although the case was eventually dropped, Which say that hundreds of other innocent people may have received similar accusations. Games firms 'catching' non-gamers [BBC News]
You know why these companies do that?
Because their purpose IS NOT to punish people who gets illegal copies, but to SCARE others of doing so.
So, anyone will do. The less informed, the better.
That's exactly why they go against innocent people who are not prepared to defend themselves.
Old ladies, kids, a couple that doesn't even know how to deal with computers... that's the way to go.
Because GOD FORBIDS the day the lawsuit gets to someone who knows their stuff, who knows how much such companies benefit from piracy (yeah, I said benefit), who knows that the gaming industry has reached new highs partly due to piracy and knows how to respond to such threats.
This is scare tactics plain and simple.
But I love reading about these.. because eventually, it will backfire.