Have there been any lawsuits against hackers?

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  1. onekewlpenguin
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    Hello! I was wondering if there have been any lawsuits against those who have downloaded wii (or ds) games? Any responses/input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
     
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    Butt City, FA rt
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    Syntax Error, the texture hacking site, had a lawsuit filed against it back in the beginning. It causes the principle texture hacker to stop it and decide not to release his patch that would give everyone these textures. The told him to back off or they would file a suit.
     
  4. beegee7730

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    there have been people arrested aof fined for downloading stuff like movies, and forum members here have commented on getting letters from their ISP's.
     
  5. Warm Woolly Shee

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    Arrests for downloading pirated software go way back to pre-internet days, I just don't think it's happened for Wii and DS games specifically. It's a scare tactic the RIAA most recently used to little effect. The harshest anti-piracy strategy these days is to contact the ISP and pressure them to cancel your account.
     
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    Downloading...pre-internet?!?! Where was i during this time? lol
     
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    Homebrew Computer Club Red, but not arrests when piracy began, Bill Gates sent them (the club) a letter one time chastising them, kinda funny history actually.
     
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    oh noes they're after me
     
  12. dippindivin

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    This is just a reminder. What is done on this site is illegal. Sometimes we forget that its illegal because we have such easy access to these items. But when the hammer of the law comes down, don't cry to mommy because you knew what you were doing when you clicked 'download'.
     
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    Click here to see the link to this story!!



    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California college student has been arrested on federal charges that he illegally modified video game consoles to enable the machines to play pirated video games.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Matthew Crippen was released Monday night after posting $5,000 bond.

    The California State University, Fullerton student who lives in Anaheim is accused of modifying Xbox, PlayStation and Wii consoles in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents got a tip from the Entertainment Software Association and searched Crippen's home in May.

    He was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury. Crippen faces 10 years in prison if convicted and is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 10.

    Attempts to reach Crippen for comment were unsuccessful.
     
  14. s3phir0th115

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    It has really only happened for people that do it on a commercial level. They don't have the resources to go after everyone that does it casually, so the only time you hear anything about it is people selling modded consoles, or people selling/distributed pirated games on a large scale.

    The RIAA and MPAA are a bit different though. Their targets have widely varied, but they know as well as anyone does that they can't possible get anywhere close to getting everyone for it. Legal fees are expensive after all.
     
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    Right, but each time they do it, it's all over the news. They make a case of people like you and me. It seems to be a scare tactic.
     
  16. s3phir0th115

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    Of course it's on the news, otherwise it wouldn't be worth the money of the case. All they're trying to do is make people stop doing it, but it isn't going to work.

    Also, they like to put those "warnings" or whatever in DVD's claiming that downloading movies is "stealing". It's not stealing, but they call it that to try to get attention and to get people to stop. After all, lots of people have moral problems with it when it's called stealing, but how many people are going to give a shit if it's called, "Copyright Infringement"?

    It's a hopeless effort on their part really.