Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Why?

Why is it that in the UK a woman was asked to pay £6,086.56 plus £10,000 in damages for putting a game on a file sharing website , where as in the US a girl was originally asked to pay $750 per song as compensation for downloading music.

Seriously where is the logic in that? First of all gaming loses more money from piracy than music , simply because games have a much higher rate of not recouping production and development costs.
Secondly, in the first case she was the one putting the game on the file share , she was effectively creating the pirate copy, in the second she was merely downloading it. Before file sharing was around , surely those that created pirate copies received harsher punishments than those who merely bought them?

Personally I think this is slightly crazy but then what do I know.

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