From someone that will not ever be downloading the patch because they are not interested in this sort of thing, but has to say something...
TheXev, I wouldn't say you're "forced" to do anything. And distributing to only three countries is A. useless, and B. impossible, so don't even think about that. Tracking the files is possible, but really, what are you going to do if you do catch someone in the act? I ask myself the same question with my own releases: If someone IS caught, what can happen to them? Not a whole lot. Bannage. Public humiliation. Small-scale retaliation, perhaps, and hopefully enough other things to get it through to them and everyone else that such behaviour is unacceptible, but in the end all these actions really doesn't accomplish much, and there is no true legal recourse. Perhaps there are more creative things that could be done (with a little brainstorming I'm sure we could come up with some), but I don't know. It's sure not cool that someone went and did this, but I think that your reaction is a little extreme. Hurting everyone because of what one individual does is a great way to generate hatred toward the person that did it -- it's also a great way to generate hatred toward you for punishing the rest of the people that want to see this finished because of something they didn't do and were unable to prevent. Certainly the general populace doesn't have any ultimate say over what happens, nor do they deserve anything (if anything, perhaps cancelling this is exactly what all the leeches deserve, especially people like Nyarlathotep whom have no compassion and are just general arses all around), but let's get real: if you want to do a translation, commit yourself to it and don't let things like this get in your way.
Lesson for the future: People are assholes and they enjoy taking advantage of others. Don't:
- distribute patches publicly
- distribute patches to anyone without a way to track them down if their copy is leaked so that this person, whom you KNOW (from engaging them one-on-one when releasing the patch to them), can get what's coming to them.
I can certainly understand where you're coming from with this whole thing; I'd be pissed if I found someone disrespecting me in this manner. I also hope that the releaser wises their ass up and stops seeding, but like I said, you shouldn't take such a drastic measure. In the end, it's your decision, and hopefully everyone will respect that. Still, it feels very drastic and emotional, and not very logical.