Today I read of a couple who as part of the crack down on file-sharing, have been accused of illegally sharing computer gaming files after having claimed they have never played the game in question.
The case that was highlighted by consumer watchdog Which? described how a the two people contacted a local magazine after never playing Race07 by makers Atari.
Although the case was later dropped against the pair, Which? estimates that similar accusations have occurred against hundreds of other people in similar situations.
As discussed in depth previously on The Shelf, illegal sharing of music, movies and games has become a huge headache for copyright owners, and numerous solutions touted as the answer.
With estimates putting file shares at 6 million people, firms are increasingly getting tough on pirates.
At present game, music and film companies are actively monitoring peer-to-peer sharing networks, such as Gnutella, BitTorrent, and eDonkey, which allow copyrighted media produced within these industries to be shared.
The company in question, Atari, has gone so far as to appoint a law firm to prosecute people they identify as file sharers.
Once a user’s IP is logged participating on these networks, rights owners can apply for a court order which obliges internet service providers to hand over the account holder’s details.
I the case highlighted above, the stark warning letter sent to the pair demanded £500 compensation or a date in court.
“We do not have, and have never had, any computer game or sharing software. We did not even know what ‘peer to peer’ was until we received the letter”. – said one of the accused.