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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:04AM (Unverified) said

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Thank god, I was worried they wouldn't survive winter

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:31AM Lt Cobalt said

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Well thank god for that, and to think we were worried they wouldn't have the funds for that third swimming pool they wanted to build.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:38AM Dril said

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Thank god, I got here just in time to say some smart comment about capitalism.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:08AM Saker said

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Endless greed, nothing new there, been the way for last few decades since saint reagan (full of grace, holy be his name!) walked the land showing us poor miserable sinners the true path.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 11:42AM pcgneurotic said

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Four posts in before American politics reared its head? Way too slow.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:08AM Platypus Man said

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Theft is theft. I hope the folks at Scapegaming enjoy ramen noodles and tap water.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:26AM Monkey D Luffy said

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@Tempes Magus.

I'm pretty sure by "ramen noodles and tap water" he means they are going to be very very poor.
He will be using ramen noodles to make spaghetti for the rest of his life, lol.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 11:13AM sandwiches said

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Theft is theft, indeed. It's a good thing this wasn't theft but COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, if you'd bothered to read the article.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 11:56AM DeadlyAccurate said

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@Tempes Criminal charges may not have even been possible. It's not like criminal and civil cases are easily interchangeable.

"Oh, sure, he murdered my husband, but I'll just sue him for five million dollars, and we'll call it even. No reason to send him to prison."
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:13AM Dumac said

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I do not approve. Much like the cases for music piracy, these outrageous sums are pulled out of someones arse and a random scapegoat persons life is destroyed for the sake of intimidating others and assuring the dominant male position. Completely unnecessary. I don't know how the US legal system works and what is going to happen to her, or if Blizzard is ever going to see any of that money. I don't get the point though. And i didn't realize running a private server could be that profitable.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:25AM Platypus Man said

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Which point don't you get? Scapegaming was making money off of someone else's intellectual property. It's theft.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:25AM Pingles said

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These numbers are just there to tell others: "It doesn't matter how much money you'll make from doing something like this. You're not going to be keeping any of it."

This is not a music sharer. It's someone who was running a company based on someone else's product.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:28AM Dumac said

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Im not denying that she did something wrong. Its just that there are hundreds of private servers out there, but one single person was singled out and ruthlessly punished. This isn't about doing whats right, its about intimidation. I don't approve of that.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:35AM (Unverified) said

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Oh please.

"ORDER RE DAMAGES by Judge Stephen V. Wilson,Based on Plaintiffs evidentiary submissions, the Court concludes that Plaintiff is entitled to default judgment in the amount of $3,052,339 in disgorged profits, $85,478,600 in statutory damages..."

That means this outfit made over 3 millions dollars in profit for /one person/. This person was making money on another's hard work.

This is nothing like the RIAA's tactics of sending a threatening letter that says "pay or we sue" while using shaky evidence. This isn't even gray area like the services provided by TPB.

This was brought to court, and then to default judgement. Maybe if she made a case for herself it wouldn't have been so much.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:42AM DeadlyAccurate said

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She wasn't being made a scapegoat. Blizzard's lawyers went after her because she was making money off their product. While they could technically go after all the free private servers, they probably simply choose to turn a blind eye to them, since it's not really worth the hassle. They aren't this big, mean, rich company going after some poor, helpless little guy. They're a corporation with a very valuable IP they have to protect if they don't want to lose it.

(It's like writing fanfiction. Technically, using someone else's IP is never legal, but most authors and their publishers ignore it unless the fanfiction writer tries to then sell a book using that property).
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:43AM Pauleh said

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Too bad asking nicely doesn't work with everyone.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:44AM Dril said

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The dominant male position? What the hell is this, because she's a woman it's suddenly not okay to sue her for making THREE MILLION off of your IP and creation. By that logic it's unethical to sue BP because you're "asserting the dominant American position" in the world and stopping other countries businesses from competing. Totally stupid, and totally wrong.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:47AM Dumac said

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You guys are now totally spamming my mailbox on purpose ;)

So she made some money, take it back, close down the server. Try not to multiply it almost 30 times.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:26AM jpkustra said

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Is that a soft "c" in your name?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMe3WDmxBEI

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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 10:50AM Jade Effect said

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Maybe if she didn't want to be "ruthlessly punished", she shouldn't have profited from someone else's hard work in the first place?

The part about being "singled out" is quite amusing though. That's the excuse I always hear when someone is caught hacking, cheating or exploiting in MMO. "It's not fair, you're singling me out, there're dozens of worse cheaters out there!" Hahaha
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