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SJ Mercury/Reuters: Sega says smashes flotilla of 'Dreamcast' Pirates

Jul 21, 2000, 16:31 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sega announced on Thursday it had crushed more than 60 illegal web sites and 125 auction sites flogging pirated versions of its Dreamcast games, until recently viewed as one of the most secure digital entertainment systems on the market."

"In attacking Dreamcast, the pirates were taking on what many industry analysts regarded as a Fort Knox of online intellectual properties -- equipped with far more complex protections than the relatively simple music, film and video files targeted by controversial services like Napster and Scour. Sega's Dreamcast system features both internal copy protection and a proprietary "GD-ROM" compact disc capable of storing almost twice as much data as an ordinary disc."

"Charles Bellfield, Sega's director of communications, said the company's drive against the Internet trade of pirated versions of Dreamcast marked one of the first times that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 had been used to go after the web hosting companies and Internet Service Providers used by pirate traders. "We've done the first level, which is cease and desist orders to auction companies and also to Web hosting companies. If they do not comply then legal prosecutions will start," Bellfield said."

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