Back before the internet, piracy meant something very different. Generally it was just stealing stuff, actually. Dudes in ships would literally just steal stuff. That shit was real.

Well, it looks like real-life piracy isn't quite dead, as Capcom had confirmed that the copies of Resident Evil 6 that were "leaked by a retailer" over the weekend were in fact "stolen by jerks."

The report came in on Friday that a Polish retailer was selling copies of Resident Evil 6 literally a month before the game's release. At the time it was believed that a retailer had simply broken the street date; but now Capcom's comments have made it clear that something more nefarious occurred.

"Capcom is currently undertaking a thorough investigation into reports that Resident Evil 6 is being sold ahead of its official October 2 release date," the publisher told Eurogamer.

"At this time, all we can add is that it would appear this unfortunate incident is limited to a small quantity of stolen copies of the German USK PlayStation 3 version of the game."

Aaaand cue illegal eBay auction. As Joystiq points out, don't buy that—unless your lawyer can make sure you land in a prison with a PS3.