Earlier today, the Australian Government issued a statement via their Stay Smart Online website warning PC users to not download a leaked version of the GTAV game through torrents as it contains forms of malware. What’s interesting about this piece is that it kind of goes into detail about what you can expect from downloading the file and just to not download it because of viruses.
It’s a little strange here because the Government has actually pretty much told people not to download the software, i.e. potentially steal the software, because it is full of viruses, not because downloading it is illegal and breaking copyright law. If this torrent was in fact legit, would there be a statement saying that piracy is a crime? Probably not.
In fact, nowhere within the statement does it tell people that downloading games, or any kind of licensed software, is a crime. Nor does it make the suggestion of simply purchasing the legitimate versions of the product. Heck, it doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of legitimate versions at all.
Gamers should be wary of leaked PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) carrying malware.
The official PC release of GTA V has not yet been announced, but large files hosted on torrent sites are claiming to be the leaked PC version of the game. These are fake and are known to be carrying malicious software.
But not fake and Illegal. Piracy must therefore be legal in Australia (it isn’t but you wouldn’t think that reading over this).