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Nintendo praises French piracy ruling

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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Latest comments (7)

Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios5 years ago
'Nintendo supported this criminal action'. So they were behind the R4 all along.
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Tony Johns5 years ago
@ 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 :(
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
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.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
"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 Ł30+ a month for a call plan, else paid out a lot of money to get the phone on payg.
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Matthew Nguyen5 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.
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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.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
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.
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