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In just under a week, an internet investigation firm has tracked down the pirate who uploaded Activision’s pampered machine gun-toting toddler Modern Warfare 2 onto the internet. While it probably won’t make the slightest dent in the pirate community, it’s still satisfying to note that justice was served. As much as Activision milks its products, we doubt that theft will encourage them to implement a zombie co-op mode.

Find out how IP Cybercrime, the brains behind the arrest, tracked the pirate down after the jump.

Apparently, Activision Blizzard was notified to the possibility of piracy when an advertisement on Craigslist was put up for an Xbox 360 that came with their new, unreleased game. Good ol’ Activision then appointed IP Cybercrime to do some sneaky business with the sellers who were offering the item. Getting right to the point, the pirate admitted to stealing a crate filled with the X360/Modern Warfare 2 bundle from a store one of the pirates worked at.

He ripped the game on Halloween, uploaded it onto the Internet, and there it went. IP Cybercrime’s investigation adventure saw them trekking through, Facebook, multiple phone calls, and the pirate’s father’s business address. For a week’s worth of pirate-searching, they did a fine job. The situation should serve as a reminder that you’re never really too safe pirating on the Internet, no matter how far across the world you are.

Christian Del Amo, the not-so-proud pirate, has been arrested as evidenced here.

Source: Venture Beat

  1. I don’t think that companies are getting better at finding pirates. I think Pirates are getting stupider.

  2. avatar Jerry

    A pathetic attempt to stem the flood. It’s everywhere for free, works great. Until they sort out fast, easy access via DL at decent prices, this will not decrease let alone go away.

  3. At present, with DLC and tighter digital restrictions, games publishers are going the way that the oldschool record labels are going – punishing the honest people who actually buy their wares with higher prices and more restrictions, but not making much of a dent on piracy. The solution may not be as simple as you outline, with the recent article about World of Goo suffering a “90%” piracy rate despite being unrestricted by DRM and very cheap.

    The problem stems from an entire generation of people, worldwide, who have grown (and are still growing) through their teenage years with the knowledge than anything they want they can usually get for free on the internet. It’s going to take a lot of “hearts and minds” market operations to change these peoples view of the electronic marketplace.

  4. @Owen
    No doubt about it. You may even argue that the entire generation you’re referring to actually deems piracy “alright”, despite that it actually isn’t. It’s because we’ve been brought up with this sense of freedom, surfing the Internet as we please, knowing that we can exploit the nooks and crannies available to us without any after-thought.

    To be honest, punishing one person isn’t really going to do anything. I doubt anything has changed pre-arrest and post-arrest, but it does at least set a standard for those pirates who believe that they’re invisible to the eyes of the law.

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