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July 3, 2008

File Sharers fined over pin ball game

by David Allen

The flood gates could be about to open, as in a landmark case a computer games company, Topware, has managed to win a court action against four people who uploaded a pin ball game onto an illegal file sharing website.

The individuals, who did not go the hearing, were each fined £750 plus £2,000 in costs after being found guilty of breaching copyright conditions.

The game is available at a retail cost of around £20 which actually puts a little perspective in the whole thing.

This is just the tip of the file sharing iceberg, as the solicitors acting for the games company, Davenport Lyons, have suggested that they have obtained a list of a thousand people also suspected of file sharing.

The plan is to get the details of these files sharers from their internet service providers and prosecute them.

The first cases are expected to be as early as the end of this week!



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