The Witcher 2 devs taking legal action against pirates
CD Projekt Red are sending legal charges to users who may have pirated the PC RPG
Posted on Dec 16, 2011 - 3:28pm EST (Dec 16, 2011 15:28)
It has been reported that CD Projekt Red, the developers behind the Witcher RPG series on PC, are set to track down and fine all those who pirated the studio's latest release, The Witcher 2.
TF reports the developer estimates about 4.5 million copies were shared on BitTorrent alone. CD Projekt has now hired a law firm and torrent monitoring company to track those who illegally downloaded and shared the game, and has been sending them hefty cash settlement proposals.
Over the past several months thousands of alleged BitTorrent users in Germany were asked to pay 911,80 euros ($1230) to pay off their apparent debt to the company. This is the only country where the company is currently looking to settle, though it may spread elsewhere.
As could be expected, there are already reports of false accusations and lack of proof in some cases. After all, IP address tracking is hardly reliable in today's world - especially for a crime committed many months ago.
The Witcher 2 released on PC in May of 2011, and was often praised for quickly removing DRM authentication to please the fans. An Xbox 360 version is expected early next year.