Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

May 4, 2010 -

A Charlotte, North Carolina man who stole a PC game from a disc replicator (his employer)—and subsequently uploaded it to an online warez group—has been sentenced to three months in a halfway house.

Dow Jones reports that Christopher Anzalone also received five year’s probation and was slapped with a $25,000 fine for his theft of Assassin’s Creed from Optical Experts Manufacturing (OEM). The game was in the midst of being duplicated for commercial distribution at the time of the crime in February of 2008.

As noted by The Escapist, Optical Experts Manufacturing’s apparent inability to protect its clients from this type of theft resulted in Ubisoft suing OEM in mid-2008 for $10.0 million, alleging “an extraordinary breach of trust and gross negligence.”

According to court records, the lawsuit was terminated via a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice, which declared that “the parties shall bear their own costs, including attorney’s fees, in this action.”


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Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

Take that, you damn dirty Templar!

 

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Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

I've heard of halfway houses for people released from prison and for substance abuse but how can you have a halfway house for people involved with onilne warez?? Seems like a mismatching of concepts. I'm guessing there must have been several other issues going on in this guy's life that prompted the ruling or something.

Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

Corperate level IP theft I'd wager.....


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Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

 But what exactly would they do in a halfway house for corporate IP theft? I could understand a fine or a prison sentence or even some kind of blacklisting but what exactly would a halfway house for corporate IP theft be like??

Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

 Physical theft isn't a DRM issue, it's a theft issue. Frankly I'm disappointed that he got off so easily.

Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

Perhaps the Judge got screwed by there DRM?

Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

Stealing from work..........oy vay......


Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy! CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Assassin’s Creed Pirate Sentenced

So, how is that DRM stuff working out again?

Oh, right, it isn't.

 
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quiknkoldby doing something, Charitable Donations is an example.10/20/2014 - 8:06pm
quiknkoldAndrew : I dont accept any worded apology unless I can look the person in the eye when they say it. For me, he'd either have to make a video so I could read his bodylanguage, or actually do something. actions speak louder than words.10/20/2014 - 8:04pm
quiknkoldwell if they are looking for social pollution, Twitter is a great breeding ground for it. Its a breeding ground for deviance.10/20/2014 - 8:03pm
Andrew Eisenquiknkold - He had three tweets worth of apology the following day.10/20/2014 - 8:00pm
quiknkoldyou know, people keep saying Biddle's comment was sarcasm, but the thing is, Sarcasm doesnt translate well in Tweets. I took his words as really hateful, and unless I see an honest apology, I'm not going to be happy with him.10/20/2014 - 7:38pm
Matthew WilsonI doubt it will change much.10/20/2014 - 7:21pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29689949 Google's current piracy fighting plan.10/20/2014 - 6:58pm
Andrew EisenYikes. http://boingboing.net/2014/10/20/vultures-circle-gamergate.html10/20/2014 - 6:25pm
Neo_DrKefkaDestructoid Editor in Chief stepping down after allegations surface about blacklisting will he be next? http://allmannerofnerdery.tumblr.com/post/100526443850/im-leaving-destructoid10/20/2014 - 6:05pm
james_fudgethere's some inside baseball stuff going on in this Andrew - likely some stuff we don't know10/20/2014 - 3:30pm
E. Zachary KnightGreat musical video about online trolling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nS-QeM2ne810/20/2014 - 2:46pm
Andrew EisenBut again, this whole thing is just too damn vague to form an opinion on.10/20/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenWithout the original communication, it's impossible to say if it could honestly be misconstrued as a friendly suggestion rather than an employer directive. However, it appears that subsequent emails should have cleared up any doubt.10/20/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenThose aren't the owner's words, they're Chris Dahlen's. For what it's worth, we do see an email from Gonzalez stating "you've already broken the only rule we set for you!!!!!!!"10/20/2014 - 2:38pm
Michael ChandraSo really the guy's own words strike me as "wah! How dare you disagree with me!" behaviour, which is the sort of childish attitude I am unfortunately not surprised by.10/20/2014 - 2:17pm
Michael ChandraCorrect AE, but then again the owner's own words are about "wishes", not about an order. No "we told him not to", but going against his wishes.10/20/2014 - 2:16pm
Matthew Wilsonyup. sadly that has been true for awhile.10/20/2014 - 2:10pm
james_fudgewelcome to 2014 politics. Increasingly fought online10/20/2014 - 1:54pm
E. Zachary KnightIt is honestly a shame that anyone has to publicly state they are against such vile behavior, but that is the sad life we live.10/20/2014 - 1:46pm
E. Zachary KnightDecided to publicly reiterate my opposition to harassment campaigns. http://randomtower.com/2014/10/just-stop-with-the-harassment-and-bullying-campaigns-already/10/20/2014 - 1:45pm
 

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