Downloading it without paying for it instead of not buying it without paying for it does not punish the publisher at all.
But that actually punishes every other publisher, including indie games, since you're getting your entertainment fix from your pirated game and don't buy some other game instead.
For this same reason pirating apps punishes open source.
like a 30 day period for sending a written, notarized opt-out via certified mail
If Sony is so bad, why do you need to resort to lies to attack them? If they were so bad shouldn't you be able to make them look bad even without lies?
So that seems to imply that "a search engine provider" paid them around $87 million in 2009, and $102 million in 2010. Of course, the current deal may be substantially higher or lower, but that's probably a ballpark figure.
It's not a fixed amount, it's revenue share from ad clicks. When Firefox user clicks any Google ads, Firefox also gains revenue. It's the same with Opera and other browsers. The only thing they need to negotiate is how high that percent is. Since Firefox market share has gone down, the amount Google pays them has as well.
There is also that: most of people I communicate with use GMail and as the message does not leave the server
Wait, you really think that GMail has only one server serving all of its users? And that they host only at one location?
If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.