Actually peps 3.5 years is rather short term. Plus the fines where easily paid. Those guys made a lot more than that and got away with it. Problem is that they did it to just make a statement. My point of view on that is "who else is getting away with it via gov. protection as such?"
It is sad what people will do now days to make a buck. Then they still bye it and doing so pass it on to you. Would be really nice if they would be more involved and learn to do things right. That is too easy though.
That and Microsoft is really going the miles with people by giving so much software away. Sure lots do not see it that way. But it is true if you examine the facts. So why go to a pirate to get anything. It damages you and the company you are getting the software from or that is suppose to be getting it from. Thus as one person has mentioned here about prices and such. I'm really glad those prices do not get too much influence by such things as of yet. But who knows if they did? What would be the difference?
This kind of goes with any software company. If things where better then I'm sure pricing would be better.
If those pirates would of been here they would of got a bigger fine and more time in jail.
United States is next? Well it has already been doing such for a long time now! I would like to see those Russian websites and others in EU hosting such begin to take better control. But it is always just a statement game. " We got this guy for ya! " Not hey here is the whole bunch and we stopped it completely. That is the aim here in the States thus far. Those other countries just want to get along and do what they fell like they have to do to make things look good enough is all.
I say it is not good enough!