Re: Blackmail & The Bounty
>Isn't this blackmail?
No, the threat is legal action, and thus from a legal standpoint, is not a threat.
One should look forward to one's day in court so that one may demonstrate one's innocence. If only it worked like that eh?
@Bounty : Hmmmm
>We're talking about 250,000. So that should be the max total damages.
>Now divide by 25,000 = 10 each... this whole 300-16,000 thing is ridiculous.
This highlights the problem with bad grammar.
If we're talking about 250,000 (copies?) then the damages of 6000 pounds is 2.4 pence per copy. If you mean 25,000 copies then it's 24 pence per copy.
If you mean 250,000 pounds then they got off lightly, equally if you mean 25,000 pounds.
If you mean you think a copy is worth 10 pounds then buy the game it's cheap.
Don't forget, 10k pounds of the fine were costs incurred by bringing the case, had the damages been 2.4 pence it would have still cost the defendant 10,000 pounds. Although you'd hope a court would have a thought about a difference like that.
Besides it's not necessarily a per copy thing, it's the value of the _rights_ that you have stolen, that is, the right to give away copies.
>see if they'll take £40
A counter offer is actually not too bad a response, they must respond to it which requires legal advice which doesn't (shouldn't!) get included in the costs when you're taken to court. There's also probably an argument that the damage is only 300 pounds since that's what they asked for.