Critical Miss: #29

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#29

There's sending a message, and then there's just being silly.

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The day I get to demand unicorns in court is the day that I consider myself a successful law graduate.

Hahaha. Possibly my favourite depiction of Bobby Kotick yet.

This new style is growing on me.

That was funny at first, then it became hilarious with Kotick coming in.

The lawyer must be a wizard...

Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Asking for 88 millions is pretty much asking that the person running the illegal server to become theyr slave and every centime he get must be send to Blizzard directelly

While the amount was absurd, I doubt that potentially bankrupting said woman wouldn't (also) be seen as a message; although it might well end up as one back-lashing publicity-wise. Still a great strip though, as it usually is.

Daystar Clarion:
The day I get to demand unicorns in court is the day that I consider myself a successful law graduate.

You and me both. I would've gone for an invisible pink one though.

*Sigh* I love this series :D

A few things...

1) She didn't show up to court
2) Blizzard wanted more for the Paypal transactions totalling 20 mil extra
3) This was because her server was running the low end of copyright infringement - $200 per person.

But yeah, Kotick made this even better.

This is growing into my favorite web comic ever.

Grouchy Imp:
Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Why! With her great great great grandkids, of course! They'll pick up the tab when she's long dead.

EDIT: Basically, it's unrealistic to expect the payment. I don't know what Blizzard and Actvision were thinking at the time. I'm sorry for the confusion I have caused. I am going to sleep to avoid any further confusion... good day and good night.

The strip hits the nail on the head regarding that verdict.

88 mil is absurd. She won't make anything close to that for the rest of her life. What's the point of passing such a sentence? Oh, I'm sure they'll give her a nice payment plan, after siezing all non-essential items she might own, and she'll be reduced to buying expired food with the meagre leavings of her salary, for the rest of her existance. Oh, and I'm not sure how it works where she lives, but wouldn't it be awesome if when she died her children inherited the debt. Also, some intrest rates to compensate Activision for having to wait for the cash.

If I was her, I'd liqudate all my assets, grab what cash I could, pack my bags and head to a country where Activision couldn't extract payment from me. A chance at a life is better than no chance at all...

what bobby want with a unicorn

Mr. Grey:

Grouchy Imp:
Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Why! With her great great great grandkids, of course! They'll pick up the tab when she's long dead.

I've just had a closer look at http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/102805-Blizzard-Squeezes-88-Million-From-Private-Server-Owner and it seems that Blizzard actually sued her company Scapegaming. As it's a company then the any left over debt will quietly get passed onto the taxpayers. So basically Blizzard have just sued the population of California.

That having been said, how much did she make out of this scam? Maybe this $88 million price tag is just the value of Scapegaming and it's assets.

Jandau:
The strip hits the nail on the head regarding that verdict.

88 mil is absurd. She won't make anything close to that for the rest of her life. What's the point of passing such a sentence? Oh, I'm sure they'll give her a nice payment plan, after siezing all non-essential items she might own, and she'll be reduced to buying expired food with the meagre leavings of her salary, for the rest of her existance. Oh, and I'm not sure how it works where she lives, but wouldn't it be awesome if when she died her children inherited the debt. Also, some intrest rates to compensate Activision for having to wait for the cash.

If I was her, I'd liqudate all my assets, grab what cash I could, pack my bags and head to a country where Activision couldn't extract payment from me. A chance at a life is better than no chance at all...

Well they pretty much made her a slace with that verdict in fact... Since every penny she will made that wont go to her essential for living will go directelly to Blizzard... She will basically work for free for the rest of her life

Was Bobby drooling?

Pretty good. IMO, however, one thing would have made it flow better... something in the first couple panels with one of the little black boxes for a description. Or moving Asshat to a second box that pointed to Ol' Bobby. Boxes per row... 1/1/1 or 0/1/2... maybe I just have a thing for patterns.

Grouchy Imp:

Mr. Grey:

Grouchy Imp:
Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Why! With her great great great grandkids, of course! They'll pick up the tab when she's long dead.

I've just had a closer look at http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/102805-Blizzard-Squeezes-88-Million-From-Private-Server-Owner and it seems that Blizzard actually sued her company Scapegaming. As it's a company then the any left over debt will quietly get passed onto the taxpayers. So basically Blizzard have just sued the population of California.

That having been said, how much did she make out of this scam? Maybe this $88 million price tag is just the value of Scapegaming and it's assets.

Apparently she made three million from various "donations".

They basically charged her $200 for each player that was a part of the game and spending money. Which was 427,000 or so, if I remember that article correctly - and if it's correct - so that's where the bulk of the charge is coming from. Everything else was fairly minor.

$64,000 Attorney's Fees
$3,000,000 Disgorged Profits

That's what I'm getting from the various sites I've visited regarding this.

EDIT: This one helped the most.

It had me at... *Look at this Kraken. Holy shit, best kraken ever!*

Onyx Oblivion:
Was Bobby drooling?

I think, if he is it isn't much. His eyes for some reason look a bit yellow though.

Talvrae:

Jandau:
The strip hits the nail on the head regarding that verdict.

88 mil is absurd. She won't make anything close to that for the rest of her life. What's the point of passing such a sentence? Oh, I'm sure they'll give her a nice payment plan, after siezing all non-essential items she might own, and she'll be reduced to buying expired food with the meagre leavings of her salary, for the rest of her existance. Oh, and I'm not sure how it works where she lives, but wouldn't it be awesome if when she died her children inherited the debt. Also, some intrest rates to compensate Activision for having to wait for the cash.

If I was her, I'd liqudate all my assets, grab what cash I could, pack my bags and head to a country where Activision couldn't extract payment from me. A chance at a life is better than no chance at all...

Well they pretty much made her a slace with that verdict in fact... Since every penny she will made that wont go to her essential for living will go directelly to Blizzard... She will basically work for free for the rest of her life

Exactly! Hence, why I think she should just skip town and try to start a new life somewhere else...

It is so true...courts sue people for money they will never have...and, in the end all it does is ruins someones life when the person may have done barely anything

Jaredin:
It is so true...courts sue people for money they will never have...and, in the end all it does is ruins someones life when the person may have done barely anything

Like pirating music.

"You pirated a $2 song... YOU OWE US $200,000 IN DAMAGES!!"

Mr. Grey:

Grouchy Imp:
Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Why! With her great great great grandkids, of course! They'll pick up the tab when she's long dead.

Talvrae:

Jandau:
The strip hits the nail on the head regarding that verdict.

88 mil is absurd. She won't make anything close to that for the rest of her life. What's the point of passing such a sentence? Oh, I'm sure they'll give her a nice payment plan, after siezing all non-essential items she might own, and she'll be reduced to buying expired food with the meagre leavings of her salary, for the rest of her existance. Oh, and I'm not sure how it works where she lives, but wouldn't it be awesome if when she died her children inherited the debt. Also, some intrest rates to compensate Activision for having to wait for the cash.

If I was her, I'd liqudate all my assets, grab what cash I could, pack my bags and head to a country where Activision couldn't extract payment from me. A chance at a life is better than no chance at all...

Well they pretty much made her a slace with that verdict in fact... Since every penny she will made that wont go to her essential for living will go directelly to Blizzard... She will basically work for free for the rest of her life

You guys are spreading misinformation with comments like this and showing complete ignorance of the laws in question.

#1 - Default Judgment awarded the max penalty for the crime because she did not bother to show up and defend herself.

#2 - Debt cannot be passed onto heirs in such a manner. Any debt incurred from this judgment will disappear when she dies.

#3 - If the company was sued it will be liquidated and any profits will be paid towards the debt and then she will personally be wiped clean. If she was personally sued then she will probably owe the profits (which she should more less have unless she lost the money) and then declare bankruptcy which will reduce the debt to either nothing or close and they will garnish her future wages.

This is the price of breaking the law with a business, you will get financially screwed. But their should be no sympathy, what she did was dumb and now she's paying for it.

Bobby Kotick wants pink unicorns. Why am I not surprised?

Great comic!

Actually pretty funny. Although, what happened to all the offense? I liked it when it made me both angry and made me laugh. Still good, just not as offensive.

Ah...intellectual properties and the finances they translate into via law. How I love your absurd mockery of our legal system so!

Okay, that tears it. That female game critic escaped from my brain; that's exactly how I felt when I read that story.

Mr. Grey:

Grouchy Imp:
Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Why! With her great great great grandkids, of course! They'll pick up the tab when she's long dead.

I wonder what the Dollars -> Bottlecaps exchange rate is.

I creased at the payment thing

"My client also stipulated the unicorns must be pink or light red in hue" :D

Duffy13:

Mr. Grey:

Grouchy Imp:
Hah, like Bobby Kotick would demand a Kraken when he could ask for a huge pile of stones to squeeze the blood out of! Good point about the woman Blizzard took to court too, how in the world is she ever gonna be able to pay back even a percentage of that?

Why! With her great great great grandkids, of course! They'll pick up the tab when she's long dead.

You guys are spreading misinformation with comments like this and showing complete ignorance of the laws in question.

#1 - Default Judgment awarded the max penalty for the crime because she did not bother to show up and defend herself.

#2 - Debt cannot be passed onto heirs in such a manner. Any debt incurred from this judgment will disappear when she dies.

#3 - If the company was sued it will be liquidated and any profits will be paid towards the debt and then she will personally be wiped clean. If she was personally sued then she will probably owe the profits (which she should more less have unless she lost the money) and then declare bankruptcy which will reduce the debt to either nothing or close and they will garnish her future wages.

This is the price of breaking the law with a business, you will get financially screwed. But their should be no sympathy, what she did was dumb and now she's paying for it.

Still, the heirs get nothing of the estate - potentially - if the lawsuit was personal. That can have an effect.

Also, a joke is a joke. Kind of how ridiculous it is to ask for that kind of money since they'll never see it. I probably should have been a bit more obvious about it, sorry there -- in fact when I was typing it I actually had the phrase "I'm Willy Wonka!" because I envisioned myself with the cane and suit in such a charismatic manner - pre Johnny Depp - but I avoided it. I guess I should have kept it... I'm basically in a state of high by being so tired. I don't know how to explain it. Anywho! I've made that joke in the regards of the RIAA and that old lady they sued due to the fault of her grandson. And what sympathy? I only have sympathy for the old woman that did nothing to earn the lawsuit by the RIAA -- except own the computer.

Unless you're telling me she really did it and was blaming her grandson...?

The plantif was making money violating somone elses liscensed property. The fact that she made no where near 88million dollars isn't really important. That Sum does 2 things. A: shut's down her illegal buisness. B: Makes anyone else running a private server ask a question "Will it be worth 88million dollars?". Bobby Kotick is an asshat but you can't use that as an umbrella to excuse pirating somone elses work, then salting the wound by making a paying buisness out of it.

Still.. loved the comic, If I ever sue somone I'm working in a demand for one A-wing, to be outfitted with no less than 12 heavy torpedoes.

Great comic! But where will they get the Kraken? Hasnt that been overfished?

You my take my Kraken, But you'll never take MY GRIFFINS!
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FREEDOM!

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