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CD Projekt demands settlement from Witcher 2 pirates

Lawyers ask German BitTorrent users to pay €900 each to avoid further legal action

Lawyers acting on behalf of Polish developer CD Projekt Red are demanding cash settlements from alleged pirates of The Witcher 2.

The story initially broke last week, when TorrentFreak published a report claiming that "thousands" of German BitTorrent users were asked to pay €911.80 or face further legal action.

The article also suggests that, by ignoring the factors like "Wi-fi piggybacking" or multiple parties using a single IP address, CD Projekt's lawyers are, "wrongfully accusing people who have never even heard of the game."

Yesterday, CD Projekt issued a statement to the press explaining that its decision not to include DRM in its products should not be confused for, "giving a green light to piracy."

"We will never approve of [piracy], since it doesn't only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry."

"We've seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 per cent sure have downloaded our game illegally."

In a recent interview with PC Gamer, CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski estimated that 4.5 million copies of The Witcher 2 had been illegally downloaded since the game launched earlier this year.

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