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UK factory raid nets 1 million in pirated goods

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Dec 2008 1:06 User comments (6)

UK factory raid nets 1 million in pirated goods According to the UK police, a factory raid has netted pirated video games, DVDs and CDs with a street value estimated at 1 million.
30,000 of the counterfeit discs were seized from the factory in West Midlands, and there was an estimated 10,000 each of DVDs, video games and audio CDs.

Along with the discs, seven PCs were seized with 35 DVD re-writers, 19 HDDs, 15 Xbox 360 consoles and two Wii consoles. "Multiple" modchips were also found.

John Hillier, head of ELSPA's crime unit added, "Piracy, like that of any other entertainment industry, costs us dear. Making good and inventive games is an expensive and creative process, with some titles today costing 20m or more to develop".

"When a pirate sells illegally copied games they undermine the viability, value and creativity of our industry. The worst-case scenario is that pirate activity could cost the jobs of some of the UK's outstanding creative talent and that would be a catastrophe".

"The public should be aware of many other pitfalls of counterfeit games - some will even damage hardware such as consoles including PlayStation, Xbox and Wii. Other fakes will not play correctly at all".

"Most importantly, of course, pirated software comes with no quality assurance whatsoever - so if a game turns out to be faulty then retailers and publishers just will not replace them".

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6 user comments

113.12.2008 3:40
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"Most importantly, of course, pirated software comes with no quality assurance whatsoever - so if a game turns out to be faulty then retailers and publishers just will not replace them".


No duh!!!!

What kind of moron would admit to purchasing a pirated game or movie.

Especially to the company you are ripping off.

HaHahahaha.

man i needed a good laugh

213.12.2008 5:39

Quote:

"Most importantly, of course, pirated software comes with no quality assurance whatsoever - so if a game turns out to be faulty then retailers and publishers just will not replace them".

If a legitimate game is faulty then retailers and publishers will not replace them

313.12.2008 17:16

Years ago when I was on a student visa, had to buy backups from a guy named Morbid (who later got busted) bc I had only 56K. Nowadays it seems everyone is on highspeed, but with caps. Whats the point of having fios if youre capped at 60 gigs?!

416.12.2008 19:55

Nah, if a dude selling pirated games sold me a faulty game i would go back and ask for another one. If he didnt replace the faulty one i would report him. Not replacing the game would be more risky for the person pirating the games since there are people like me. For all of you out there who are thinking "Wouldnt you get busted too?", all I would have to say is that I wondered into this store or I heard about this guy and I wanted to report him because piracy is bad or even an anonymous call...ha ha ha. Do you honestly think they would waste their time raiding my house to possibly find 10 burnt games and movies when they could be spending that time taking down a dude with 1 million pounds worth of pirated entertainment? Not likely. I feel its more risky for the pirate to have unsatisfied customers.

52.1.2009 5:35

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"Most importantly, of course, pirated software comes with no quality assurance whatsoever - so if a game turns out to be faulty then retailers and publishers just will not replace them".
since an opened game has no return value the store bought games are less quality insured than pirates

pirates have a rep to uphold... meanwhile, after they get their money, the manufacturers don't give a rip for what you think about them

I can't name a single pirate that won't assure you, you can have every penny you gave them if you are dissatisfied, they didn't get a penny in the first place, just the inner warmth that they were able to provide a gaming experience free from DRM glitches

62.1.2009 5:37

BTW:

true Pirates don't sell copies, they just up them to the Bay

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