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Update: Topware wins Dream Pinball 3D piracy case

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Aug 2008 14:50 User comments (7)

Update: Topware wins Dream Pinball 3D piracy case Topware Interactive has announced they have won over 16,000 from a British woman who was accused of uploading and sharing a copy of Dream Pinball 3D on file-sharing networks.
Three other alleged uploaders are still awaiting damages hearings. Now backed by this one victory, the company says it will go after thousands of other British citizens that are accused of sharing the game.

"The damages and costs ordered by the Court are significant and should act as a deterrent,"
said David Gore, a partner at Davenport Lyons, the firm acting on behalf of Topware.

"This shows that taking direct steps against infringers is an important and effective weapon in the battle against online piracy."

"This is the first of many,"
added Mr Gore. "It was always intended that there would be a lot more."

Topware's campaign against pirates of its Pinball game began early last year with over 500 letters sent out to suspected file sharers using eMule, eDonkey, Gnutella and other networks to share the game. The letters asked for 300 settlements to stop further legal action but at least 4 users decided to fight the charges. One just lost in court and now must pay over 16,000. Lets see how the rest fare.

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7 user comments

119.8.2008 15:02
13thHouR
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seems xp and vista both come with a 3d pinball game, i suspect they have made more money off of the court case, than actual sales.

219.8.2008 16:18

An abysmal 68% at GameRankings (a D+). Apparently the company is trying to recoup its dev costs by suing everyone who leaves it in their share folder.

What a suck ass game.

319.8.2008 19:46

Is it even possible to win the "war" against piracy?

419.8.2008 20:17

Damn, she should have pleaded insanity.

Originally posted by Ragnarok8:
Is it even possible to win the "war" against piracy?
haha we won that war a long time ago :p

520.8.2008 1:19

Yeah piracy won.

620.8.2008 11:57

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Damn, she should have pleaded insanity.

Originally posted by Ragnarok8:
Is it even possible to win the "war" against piracy?
haha we won that war a long time ago :p
I don't know about that. These record companies are slowing starting to chip away at this so call victory. And with it, they are starting to take our "internet freedoms and rights". We need to be careful, at least a little bit.

Also, the general consumer is the loser with all of the extra DRM and related products that now are created and added to devices and media.

720.8.2008 18:16

Originally posted by 13thHouR:
seems xp and vista both come with a 3d pinball game, i suspect they have made more money off of the court case, than actual sales.
i've never seen it on Vista ( thank goodness )

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