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Published on January 12th, 2012 | by Charlie

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CD Projekt Ends the Hunt for Witcher 2 Pirates

No, not the “argh matey” pirates. I mean those that downloaded The Witcher 2 illegally last year. CD Projekt sent out a community letter today, which in brief summarized that they took what the community said to heart. Here’s the story: Basically CD Projekt stated that their law firm were to try and hunt down those who had illegally downloaded The Witcher 2 and request financial compensation for copyright infringement. When the community knew, they were scared. So they responded to what CD Projekt had said, and told them that they were worried that some people may end up being wrongly accused for pirating The Witcher 2. Now it seems that CD Projekt have slightly thought the exact same thing. Here’s what the letter said: “In early December, an article was published about a law firm acting on behalf of CD Projekt RED, contacting individuals who had downloaded The Witcher 2 illegally and seeking financial compensation for copyright infringement”, said the letter. “The news about our decision to combat piracy directly, instead of with DRM, spread quickly and with it came a number of concerns from the community. Repeatedly, gamers just like you have said that our methods might wrongly accuse people who have never violated our copyright and expressed serious concern about our actions. Being part of a community is a give-and-take process. We only succeed because you have faith in us, and we have worked hard over the years to build up that trust. We were sorry to see that many gamers felt that our actions didn’t respect the faith that they have put into CD Projekt RED. Our fans always have been and remain our greatest concern, and we pride ourselves on the fact that you all know that we listen to you and take your opinions to heart. While we are confident that no one who legally owns one of our games has been required to compensate us for copyright infringement, we value our fans, our supporters, and our community too highly to take the chance that we might ever falsely accuse even one individual. So we’ve decided that we will immediately cease identifying and contacting pirates.” They then went onto try and make their message clear of their opinion on piracy, and how they do not support it at all. If you’re one of those people who pirated what’s known as an amazing game, you just got lucky…

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