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Nintendo praises French piracy ruling

By Matt Martin

Tue 04 Oct 2011 8:21am GMT / 4:21am EDT / 1:21am PDT

Six companies fined for importing and selling R4 devices

Nintendo has praised a ruling in France that has seen six companies found guilty of importing and selling R4 cartridges and other copying devices.

The companies have been fined more than 460,000, ordered to pay damages to Nintendo of more than 4.8 million and in some cases given suspended prison sentences.

"Nintendo supported this criminal action not only for the company's sake, but for the interests of its game developer partners who spend time and money legitimately developing software for Nintendo's game platforms, and customers who expect the highest standards and integrity from products bearing the Nintendo name," commented Stephan Bole, MD of Nintendo France.

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Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios

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'Nintendo supported this criminal action'. So they were behind the R4 all along.

Posted:5 years ago


Tony Johns

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@ Alex

Perhaps it was a miss translation on the French news part of it.

It makes me sad for all the consumers on a budget that relly on the R4 for their gaming needs, well at least they have got the iPhone games that are cheeper.

Even though I buy all my games as soon as they are released to support the developers and the industry itself, most families with young gaming children who live on a budget can't afford games and they had to rely on the R4.

One of my cousins is like that, and he either gets games though the R4 chip or though just buying the pre owned games on a budget of nothing more than $20 a game.

I know it is hard for most families to buy games, but this news will not be good for them :(

Posted:5 years ago


Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Buy pre-owned if you have to. Using an R4 chip if pure theft. Being on a budget is not an excuse to steal something.

If you are homeless, living on the streets and you steal a loaf of bread to feed your family, that's one thing. If money is tight but you have a roof over your head, food in your mouth and a bed to sleep on, stealing entertainment that is already provided cheaper through used sales is just criminal.

Posted:5 years ago


Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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"relly on the R4 for their gaming needs, well at least they have got the iPhone games that are cheeper."

Really? I like the idea of domeone who uses being hard up to pirate, but owns a phone where they are paying 30+ a month for a call plan, else paid out a lot of money to get the phone on payg.

Posted:5 years ago

Most people who own a iDevice generally pirate those games too. If they're not paying for $0.99 ~ $3.99 games, they're not going to pay for full priced games.

Posted:5 years ago

Piracy hardware such as the R4 are only a surface to the problem.

the hardware it self doesn't pirate games. Its how people use it.

Secure games
Secure hardware
Measure pirating device usage, un-authorized code, pirated games, etc...
Curve pirating activates much as possible away from illegal activity.

Posted:5 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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FYI, the words "criminal action" refer to the case brought against the folks selling the R4 units. A little legalese there. Just like a "civil action" - look it up.

Posted:5 years ago


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