Microsoft to Take Legal Action on Piracy?

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Rumours are circulating that Microsoft could be considering legal action against videogame pirates responsible for leaking Xbox 360 games before release.

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Microsoft has recently imposed another of what have come to be recognised as waves of bannings from its Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360. Since Xbox Live is often touted as being the biggest advantage the console has over Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii, getting banned from the service is a big deal. In this case though, most of the Xbox Live bans seem to stem from illegal modification of the console to play pirated games.

This whole series of events will be familiar to anyone who kept track of the wave of bannings that followed the leak of the latest addition to the Halo series, ODST. Microsoft has been fairly straightforward about the bannings for piracy, though it’s refused to offer too many details in statements issued during the week when it essentially said,

“We take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services, but we do not comment on those details. Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 to play pirated games will void their warranty.”

More worryingly for those who’ve had their accounts banned already is the apparent threat of legal action, which Softpedia raises but, strangely, doesn’t seem to dwell on for too long. Certainly, Microsoft has enough data in an Xbox Live account that it’s possible the company could attempt legal action against those users banned for piracy, but it seems unlikely that it’d be worth the cost for it to do so.

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