ESA sent 3.5 million anti-piracy takedown notices in 2012

The ESA's Anti-Piracy group details its efforts to stop game piracy

According to its annual report, the Entertainment Software Association sent 3.5 million takedown notices during 2012 in an ongoing effort to stop copyright infringement. The ESA's Anti-Piracy group was able to remove 96 percent of the 5.4 million infringing files found on host sites. The group also enlisted the help of search giant Google to takedown more than 99,500 search engine links containing infringing game files.

Over the course of 2012, the Anti-Piracy group conducted 32 training sessions for an estimated 1,250 international law enforcement officials.

The report also mentions the ESA's efforts to stop piracy in Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Korea.

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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development6 years ago
And left out Russia and China. 99% of the total?
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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios6 years ago
It's one thing to pirate a game for personal enjoyment.

It's entirely different when you're trying to make money on it.

There's probably tons of people that have over a hundred pirated games. But because they're for personal enjoyment and NOT for selling, they don't usually get caught. What most people don't understand about anti piracy DRM measures is that they're meant to combat THESE kinds of people. The ones that pirate games and then resell them illegally. An industry perpetuated by those that continue to buy into it.

A market only exists for as long as people are willing to pay for what's in it. This is probably the biggest thing I see a severe lack of in most people's anti DRM rhetoric. The fact that these markets exist in the first place, is what brought about the rise of DRM in video games today.

I commend ESA on these take downs. Resale of a previously legitimately purchased copy of a game is one thing, selling copy after copy after copy of a game you never paid for in the first place, is despicable and should be condemned by the industry and consumers alike.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 6 years ago
So there is no piracy on consoles.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 6 years ago
I'm glad they mentioned craigs list. It's littered with pirated games, not just for current gen systems but classics as well. One out of every two Dreamcast listing includes pirated/burnt software. Thats a very horrible ratio.
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