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Microsoft Legal Goes After Modern Warfare 2 Pirates

While Modern Warfare 2 sits poised and ready for its November 10 release, some retailers have already acquired and sold copies of the Xbox and PC versions thanks to a sneaky leak. Now pirates have seized the game and have distributed the contents accordingly, offering disk images online to those with bandwidth to spare. Is this surprising? Absolutely not after the whole Halo 3: ODST ordeal.

After news of the leak reached Microsoft and Activision's ears, the former company made an official threat to those who plan on playing a pirated version, especially Xbox 360 gamers playing the game on Xbox Live. In essence, the company will ban Xbox Live gamers who modify their consoles; modifications also void the hardware warranty.

"We take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services, but we do not comment on those details," Microsoft told CVG. "Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 to play pirated games will void their warranty."

Softpedia adds to the report, indicating that both Microsoft and Activision could also bring in the big guns and take legal action against gamers who play the pirated versions. The news follows recent reports that leak footage hit the internet revealing options to shoot civilians in an airport. It's speculated that the footage stemmed from leaked versions of the game.