ESA calls for international anti-piracy effort

Game lobby cites the "continuing influence of organized crime" in the illegal game trade.


Today, the Entertainment Software Association called on the federal government to pressure foreign countries to end software piracy. The game-industry lobby (and E3 organizer) said the request was urgent because of "continuing influence of organized crime in entertainment software counterfeiting and piracy."

The ESA announcement cited a forthcoming report by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), of which the ESA is part. The report identifies Malaysia, China, and Russia--where allegedly hot Half-Life 2 copies are already being sold--as the biggest producers of pirated software. The ESA wants the U.S. to encourage these and other nations to either create new anti-pirating laws or enforce the ones already on the books.

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