Atari Pulls Out of UK File-Sharing Lawsuits

Atari is no longer chasing file-sharers in the UK.

In August GamePolitics reported that five British publishers, most notaby Codemasters and Atari, were filing lawsuits against suspected P2P game uploaders. In one case, an unemployed immigrant mother of two, Isabella Barwinska, was ordered to pay £16,086 (roughly $30,000) for sharing a pinball game.

But a little sleuthing by showed that the law firm employed by the publishers was a sleazy outfit, indeed. The story got even uglier when a pair of older, non-gaming couples were wrongly targeted for sharing games and, more recently, a Nazi porn movie.

Now, P2P advocacy site ZeroPaid reports that Atari has decided that waging war on consumers is bad business:

The lawsuit [against the older couple] was quickly dropped without comment by Atari, but the bad publicity still lingered and called into question the effectiveness of [law firm] Davenport Lyons’ tactics.

Now it seems that Atari has decided to part ways with Davenport Lyons altogether, though it hasn’t sworn off targeting file-sharers altogether.

Atari’s legal department penned an email to UK website The Register, saying, "In relation to file-sharing, our position is that we always retain and reserve the right to protect our intellectual property from illegal copying and piracy. Whilst we are no longer working with Davenport Lyons, we continue to work with legal advisers to protect our rights."

GP: It’s good to see that Phil Harrison has Atari focused on its future and not this kind of anti-consumer nonsense.

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  1. 0
    Bennett Beeny says:

    Hang on… Nazi porn movies – WTF?  There are nazi porn movies?

    Apart from that, it’s always nice to see corporate greed biting the corporations in the bum.

  2. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    That’s Rule 34 for you.

    EDIT: *shudder* I hate my imagination. It just created an image of me and Alevan’s faces PhotoShopped onto a straight scene. IN SOVIET RUSSIA, I’d be fapping to that, but here, I just vomited a bit in my mouth.


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  3. 0
    VideolandHero says:





    Jack Thompson’s posts never made me this confused and disgusted as much as this one has.

    — Official Protector of Videoland!

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    Krono says:

    From the sounds of it, it’s not so much that they can’t afford to chase people, it’s that they realized that the lawfirm was conning them. When the law firm started generating blatant false positives, Atari realized that the only return on their investment they were going to be getting was a bunch of bad press. At which point they did the smart thing and cut their losses.


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