Peter Moore: Suing PC Pirates Not the Answer, 'It Didn't Work for the Music Industry'

By Nick Breckon, Aug 21, 2008 8:03pm PDT Following the announcement that several game companies are filing suit against PC video game pirates, former Microsoft VP and current EA Sports head Peter Moore said that he expects the measures to be ineffective toward thwarting further file sharing.

"It didn't work for the music industry," said Moore to Eurogamer. "I'm not a huge fan of trying to punish your consumer."

Atari, Codemasters, Reality Pump, Topware Interactive and Techland have hired law firm Davenport Lyons to file suit against 25,000 file sharers on their behalf. The lawsuits demand the pirates pay GBP 300 (US $557), or face trial.

While Moore recognizes that constructive solutions to piracy are scarce, he would rather the industry look for some than run to the courts.

"Albeit these people have clearly stolen intellectual property," he continued, "I think there are better ways of resolving this within our power as developers and publishers."

Several EA Sports games, including Madden 2009, did not see PC releases this year, with Moore citing "serious business challenges" as the reason. Moore has said that the franchises will return to the platform next year, but bolstered with "meaningful" online connectivity.

"I think there are better solutions than chasing people for money," added Moore. "I'm not sure what they are, other than to build game experiences that make it more difficult for there to be any value in pirating games."

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  • "Albeit these people have clearly stolen intellectual property," he continued

    No, they've stolen nothing. They've COPIED something. Copyright is not theft. Copyrighted ideas are not property. They're simply ideas you have the rights to.

    Language like using "stolen" to refer to violation of copyright and "intellectual property" to refer to copyrighted ideas (ideas you own the RIGHTS to; you don't actually have property to be stolen) are used to try and win in the court of public opinion. I wish this dishonest language on the part of COPYRIGHT holders feeling threatened by COPYRIGHT VIOLATION would stop.

    Yes, I know it's just splitting hairs, but theft and copyright violation are two separate crimes under law for a good reason. One involves depriving somebody of something they own. The other does not deprive them of what they own, but instead denies them their rights for their works to be distributed as they see fit. These are very different crimes with different consequences and different methods of resolution.