The AbingtonIP law firm is conducting a class action investigation into Microsoft and the recent banning of over 600,000 Xbox Live subscribers. The investigation is surprising considering that the banned accounts were linked to modified consoles. However, the law firm suspects foul play in regards to Microsoft's business practices, and is calling on the banned gamers--or whoever else the firm can dig up--that can testify against the software giant.
The firm goes on to prove its case, reporting that Microsoft obtained information from the console owners without permission, and that the company disabled or altered Xbox functionality that was not related to Xbox Live or piracy (the hard drive, Netflix, music, etc). As a result, Microsoft's indiscriminate weapon to combat piracy caused quite a bit of "collateral damage."
"Many people were affected who had nothing to do with piracy," the firm states. "Furthermore, Xbox console functions that have nothing to do with piracy were also affected or disabled. Details aside, Microsoft's bans could (and should) have been more measured."
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