Activision’s Strange Lawsuits

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Something strange is brewing in the world of the more recently formed Activision Blizzard, which has many gamers scratching their heads. One of the first stories on the topic broke at Edge Online and GamePolitics, which stated that Activision has been suing people RIAA style… but over "Call of Duty 3" copyright violations. If that isn’t odd enough, it appears that these aren’t cases against file sharers, the damage amounts seem to vary quite a bit, and the alleged violators were possibly threatened by lawyers according to GameCyte.

Ars Technica posted an interesting article on the topic today:

"…Activision must have had the defendants dead to rights, since almost everyone settled for $100,000, except for one who woman settled for $1,000. Only one defendant had representation. After looking at the court documents, it’s clear that the story is the same in almost every case: the papers are filed, the defendant agrees to pay, and it’s all over.

The gaming site cleverly named GameCyte claims to have spoken to two of the defendants, and the details provided are even odder. "Audibly shaken, our contact explained how he was scared into a costly settlement by attorneys who determined how much to sue based not on the actual material infringed, but on his purchase history, the equity on his home, and the number of cars in his driveway," the site reported. "If he were to get an attorney, he was informed, he would have to pay even more."

Both this source and a second anonymous source who was reported to be one of the defendants claimed that the settlement amounts listed above were exaggerated, although those were the numbers on file in the court documents. The sources also claimed Activision Blizzard never detailed its evidence and that Call of Duty 3 was not one of the copied games."

Read the full article at Ars Technica.


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