Game Industry Threatens Downloaders

The game industry is heading the way of the RIAA, in that the industry is threatening to sue people who file share games. The first sets of lawsuits will be taking place in the UK where 25,000 down loaders will be served with notices. Notices that say pay up or we will sue. The companies involved are:

 Atari, Topware Interactive, Reality Pump, Techland and Codemasters – make some of the popular games, including The Lord of the Rings,the Colin McRae Rally series and Operation Flashpoint. It is estimated that as many as six million people in Britain share games illegally over the internet. The aggressive action marks a dramatic change in the approach to copyright on the internet. The British music industry, hit hard by illegal file-sharing, has taken action against just 150 people in ten years.

The game makers have appointed the law firm Davenport Lyons. This week Isabela Barwinska, an unemployed mother of two, became the first person in the UK to be ordered to pay damages to a manufacturer. She must pay more than £16,000 to Topware after downloading Dream Pinball through a file-sharing site.

One can only imagine that it will be only a matter of time before we get here in the US with the same type of lawsuits. What is surprising is that it took the game industry so long to finally try and stop piracy of their software. One would of thought that the game developers would of gotten tired long ago to having their stuff stolen.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


Firefox 3 Download Day 2008 – Don't Do It!

I have been using Firefox before many of you found it fashionable to jump on board. I have used every version of the now popular browser, having suffered through more bugs and fixes than I care to recall. I am a Firefox loyalist and will be so until the software is pried away from my dying hands. But I find it hard to jump on the Download Day 2008, in which Firefox 3 is trying to set a download record. My questions is why?

Is there some underlying reason that the folks at Mozilla believe that setting a download record is going to bring millions of converts to Firefox 3? How about this. Can Mozilla guarantee that there will be sufficient servers available to handle millions of download requests at once? Is this going to be another one of those frustrating experiences when people can’t connect to the servers and their request is rejected?

IMHO I believe that trying a scheme such as this is going to either frustrate downloaders or suck more bandwidth slowing down the entire system, which could have undesirable consequences.

But what do you think? Is this a good idea or a time and bandwidth waster?

Comments welcome.