London lawyers sue downloader for game

A London legal firm is demanding in excess of £600 from people who it claims are guilty of downloading a single game from a file-sharing service.

Legal firm Davenport Lyons sent the demand to one PC Pro reader, after claiming it had “forensic computer analysis” that shows he downloaded the game Two Worlds using BitTorrent. Davenport Lyons is acting on the behalf of German games distributor Zuxxez, which last year employed the firm to target file sharers.

The PC Pro reader was given no prior warning to stop file sharing, unlike the usual “three strikes and you’re out” approach adopted by the music industry, which gives users two warnings to stop sharing before legal proceedings are instigated.

The legal demand claims that “given the extent of the damage that file sharing is causing to our client’s business, our client is left with no option but to adopt a policy of enforcing its rights in an attempt to stem the wholesale misappropriation of its property.” (link)

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