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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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Mike Williams: M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.
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