Vatican has a pirate problem

It would appear that one of the few theocratic states ever created by a fascist regime has a problem with piracy.

Last year the release of Football Manager had code inside that let the Sega developers track the IP of everybody who pirated a copy of the game.

More than ten million copies were passed around illegally, with the naughtiest nations responsible being China, Turkey and Portugal.

Sega were able to trace one pirated copy inside the Vatican. The Vatican has a population of 839 which means that statistically it is likely to have at least one pirate in its ranks. The game was pirated by 540,000 Italians. Italy has a population of 61.321 million so one in the Vatican is not that much higher on the ratio scale.

In Italy the worst that a pirate can expect is for Big Content to sue them, in the Vatican the worst that can be expected is excommunication and eternal damnation. This is probably proof then that stiff sentences for piracy don’t actually work.

For conspiracy theorists out there, the software was downloaded in the same year that Pope Benedict suddenly cleared out his desk and moved to Castle Gandolfo to spend time “in seclusion and prayer”.

Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson said that that one pirated copy did not equal one sale lost. He thinks it added up to 176,000 lost sales, or $3.7 million in revenue.