California game pirate sentenced to jail

The Entertainment Software Association has issued a release that a California game pirate was given a jail sentence of one year followed by five years of probation. If that's not enough, the pirate also has to pay a $100,000 fine and a restitution payment to the ESA of more than $10,000.

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FordGTGuy3718d ago (Edited 3718d ago )

guy kept the gaming industry from making $100,000. I think 1 year in jail and a couple years of community service would have taught him a lesson. This sentence is as dumb as when the music industry tries to sue a person for thousands of dollars for downloading one illegal track. I would rather their resources were spent better by catching real criminals.

Don't get me wrong though I still think that you should be punished for crimes but I think the punishments we currently have are stupid.

100 game discs * 60 = $6000 not $100,000.

Omegasyde3718d ago (Edited 3718d ago )

I agree, but his punishment was way too far.

Its Sad that in the U.S., A lady shoots and kills her husband in what she said was in self defence..despite "supposingly aiming at the ceiling" and only get 7 months in jail...

Atleast OJ is behind Bars.

nix3718d ago

too harsh and kinda stupid! it's like jumping the signal and being charged for all the accidents in the world.

gamesR4fun3718d ago

This is just sick here I thought the legal system was suppose to be for the people.

rogimusprime3718d ago

There is a difference people. The county lockup in Cali is NOTHING compared to the stories I've heard about San Quentin. No one should get raped for pirating games....that's just wrong.

FordGTGuy3718d ago (Edited 3718d ago )

its the $100,000 after going to jail that makes me a little ticked at this.

nekon3718d ago (Edited 3718d ago )

Honestly this is ridiculous.. With standards like this being set, ATT tracking all users and submitting it to the FBI, ATT censoring webcasts, congress pushing to strip even more of our internet rights.. It's a sad time folks.. Just like the user above said, somehow this is a bigger deal then taking someones life.. It's sad when big business rears it's ugly face in such a public way.

How do they expect to enforce when they don't even understand..

devilsadvocate3718d ago

And California games is a really old game, imagine if he had copied halo3!!!


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