Games companies have taken court action against a ring of software pirates based in the US.
The Interactive Digital Software Association together with six heavyweight games publishers have filed a federal lawsuit against three alleged pirate rings going under the names, Paradigm, Razor 1911 and Class.
The companies claim that the pirates have been distributing pirated copies of top games titles worldwide, sometimes even before the games are commercially available.
The six publishers - Lucasarts Entertainment, Acclaim Entertainment, The 3DO Company, Infogames, Betheseda Softworks and Interplay Entertainment have joined IDSA to file the lawsuit, which includes copyright and trademark piracy and counterfeiting.
The ISDA estimates that global piracy cost the US games industry $3.2 billion last year.
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