Incroyable. Non seulement Starforce pourrit la vie de centaines de milliers de joueurs, mais en plus quand on OSE les critiquer, on se retrouve avec des menaces de poursuites judiciaires. Enfin pas moi, mais le site à l’origine de la news de cette nuit. J’ai l’ICQ d’un des développeurs, il est temps de passer à l’action… Je crois que je tiens mon sujet d’édito pour Joystick…
StarForce threatens to sue Boing Boing for criticizing its products: Cory Doctorow: A company that was criticized on Boing Boing has threatened to sue me, and claims to have sworn out a complaint against me with the FBI.
Yesterday, I posted about StarForce, a harmful technology used by game companies to restrict their customers’ freedom. StarForce attempts to stop game customers from copying their property, but it has the side-effects of destabilizing and crashing the computers on which it is installed.
Someone identifying himself as ‘Dennis Zhidkov, PR-manager, StarForce Inc.’ contacted me this morning and threatened to sue me, and told me that he would contact the FBI to complain about my ‘harassment.’
If you’re looking for reasons to boycott StarForce-crippled games (besides the obvious ones), you might add their use of bullying legal threats to your list.
From: ‘Dennis Zhidkov’ <email@example.com>
Date: January 31, 2006 9:55:40 AM BST
To: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ <email@example.com>
Subject: StarForce Response to Cory Doctorow
StarForce Inc. response to Mr. Cory Doctorow
Dear Sir, calling StarForce ‘Anti-copying malware’ is a good enough cause to press charges and that is what our corporate lawyer is busy doing right now. I urge you to remove your post from http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/30/anticopying_malware_.html because it is full of insults, lies, false accusations and rumors. Your article violates approximately 11 international laws. Our USlawyer will contact you shortly. I have also contacted the FBI , because what you are doing is harassment.
Here’s my reply: ‘Thank you for your response. I have appended it to my original post and have forwarded it to the Chilling Effects project to be part of the permanent record of abusive attempts by companies to silence their critics.’ Link
(Via Boing Boing.)