Activision is suing accused software pirates for up to $150,000 per offense according to game industry news site Edge. James R. Strickland of New York is being sued for copyright infringement, an act which includes illegally copying and distributing games.
The case focuses specifically on the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty 3 released in 2006, but Activision also accuses Strickland of “copying and/or distributing” other unnamed copyrighted videogames and plan to add these accusations to the lawsuit.
According to Activision, the alleged infringement was “willful and intentional, in disregard of and indifference to the rights of Plaintiff.” Activision is seeking statutory damages ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 for each infringement of each copyrighted videogame. They are also seeking reimbursement of legal fees.
In addition to the Strickland suit GamePolitics has uncovered Activision has been quietly suing other individuals who are apparently not represented by counsel and who, as part of their settlements, agree not to discuss the case.
Activision’s lead attorney on the cases is Karin Pagnanelli, who has worked on numerous copyright cases on behalf of clients in the music business. To alleviate concerns that Activision may be suing file-sharers as well, Pagnanelli sent GamePolitics an email stating, “While we don’t comment on litigation involving clients, we can advise you that we have never filed any litigation against a file-sharer on behalf of Activision.”
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