Stamp Out Piracy Awareness Week

21 11 2007

Stamp Out Piracy logoEvery day StampOutPiracy reports hundreds of links to illegal pirated games that are hosted on file sharing accounts. StampOutPiracy also try and take down full warez sites/blogs and Ebay listings.

The idea behind the awareness week is not just to remove links but to educate people and inform them about game piracy.

Stop saying that you can’t fight piracy. Educate yourself. Educate others. Or just don’t approve it. That makes a difference.

The Facts

  • By using pirate games you are basically stealing from the actual developer of the game. This is how they make their living. If you don’t pay for the game, then they don’t make any money.
  • Game development takes time (sometimes years) and money. It is only right that developers get paid for their hard work.
  • By using a pirated game you are not entitled to any technical support or updates for that product.
  • Pirated games can often expose your computer to viruses, spyware and adware, to name a few. If your computer is infected then you only have yourself to blame.
  • The bottom line is that pirating games is illegal and people do get caught!

Piracy: Why is it wrong? – An article by ELSPA to make consumers aware of the issues with piracy.

I will just quote one argument from that article:

By knowingly purchasing or downloading a counterfeit computer game you are running the risk of children having access to unsuitable material.

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3 responses to “Stamp Out Piracy Awareness Week”

21 11 2007
GameProducer.Net » Stamp Out Piracy Awareness Week (15:40:06) :

[…] – check out and spread the word. Roman at Anawiki blog already wrote “why piracy is wrong”. Discuss the article in the New Game Producer […]

21 11 2007
anonymous gerbil (17:03:51) :

Pirated games can often expose your computer to viruses, spyware and adware, to name a few.

I find that always as amusing reason as ever. Considering way some commercial “software protection” systems work they are spyware and rootkits and stuff that are already exposing system for spyware and viruses…

21 11 2007
Roman Budzowski (17:29:19) :

Well, it woudn’t go bad without a reason, though keep in mind that not every legal game is that bad, and most don’t.