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.”