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22 August 2008 by Mary Heaney

Illegal downloaders to be told: Give us £300 or face court action

People suspected of illegal downloading computer games are set to receive demands for £300 to compensate copyright owners or face court action.

People suspected of illegal downloading computer games are set to receive demands for £300 to compensate copyright owners or face court action.


 


Lawyers for a range of games producers have instructed law firm Davenport Lyons to write to 25,000 people that they suspect of illegally downloading and distributing computer games through the internet.


 


The move follows the successful prosecution of a woman found to have illegally downloaded a computer game through file-sharing site. Isabela Barwinska was ordered to pay £16,000 in damages and disbursements.


 


Individuals concerned will be sent letters offering an out of court settlement of £300. Those who refuse will face court action.


 


Davenport Lyons is representing games developers Atari, Topware Interactive, Reality Pump, Techland and Codemasters in the legal action. The move is contingent upon Davenport Lyons succeeding in their High Court application for internet service providers to provide names and addresses for 25,000 individuals suspected of partaking in such illegal activity.





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