Breaking News: R4 banned in UK

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Jul 28, 2010
  1. caffolote
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    http://kotaku.com/5598447/r4-piracy-devices-banned-in-the-uk

    A British high court has ruled against R4 companies Playables Limited and Wai Dat Chan. It is now illegal to import, advertise and sell R4 cartridges in the United Kingdom.

    The R4 emulator carts are used to pirate Nintendo DS games.

    According to website Develop, the court set a legal precedent by ruling the carts were illegal because they bypass the Nintendo DS's security measures in order to run games.

    "Nintendo promotes and fosters game development and creativity, and strongly supports the game developers who legitimately create new and innovative applications," Nintendo said in a written statement. "Nintendo initiates these actions not only on its own behalf, but also on behalf of over 1,400 video game-development companies that depend on legitimate sales of games for their survival."

    This is the second lawsuit Nintendo has won this month as the company successfully defeated the devices in the Dutch courts. Earlier this year, Nintendo won legal victories in Australia

    Previously, Nintendo blamed piracy for a 50 percent sales drop in Europe.

    In Japan, Nintendo has also been launching a lawsuit against the R4 devices. Currently, there is a court injunction against the R4 devices, but they continue to be sold.
     


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    Yike, this doesn't look very good...then again they only banned the R4, so it looks like everyone who has anything other than an R4, should be just fine
     
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    Why didnt they just make all the carts illegal at a go lol.. They just made it easier for piracy on newer games...
     
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    Who cares? R4's are crappy anyway. But, I've never been around the real brand.
     
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    Oh, ballsack. Does an R4 with AceKard RPG firmware count? Does this mean ShopTemp will no longer be able to advertise R4s in the UK? Or is this article a load of shit? I need to kow, like thousands of other R4 users behind me!
     
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    So the question is ....

    Are the stupid fucks reeeeeally banning just the R4

    or ....

    Are the stupid fucks calling it an R4 and reeeeeeally referring to flashcarts which we all know are a great more than just anything known as an R4?

    I mean it sounds as dumb as banning all Kleenex, and really what they meant was they are banning tissues.
     
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    because they cant in UK

    like Meow Meow (the drug) the can only ban brands

    then under a week a different brand was up in the market perfectly legal

    so most likely the doesnt affect UK at all

    how many ACTUAL REAL R4's do u think there are

    most are fakes and different brands
     
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    Where?
    Edit: I might have misread your message though.. If u meant all the R4 brands then it clearly says it on the very first link.
     
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    All the cards? N5, M3, R4 clones. All illegal?

    *peels of R4 sticker and writes 'Imagine Babies' on the front instead*
     
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    "The card and other similar cartridges have been blamed for a steep decline in DS software sales."
    Doesn't that mean other cartridges
     
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    Branded? lol... thats some damn nice excuses though they could always make the law like carts that are avaible to bypass the securty check games made by nintendo is illegal. Other countries had no issues in making the law of restricting the internet so why cant this rule apply. And no i dont want this rule to be applied at all... Is like nintendo did all that for nothing...
     
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    Bullshit. You have to reread. "The card and other similar cartridges have been blamed for a steep decline in DS software sales."
    If u didnt understand my highlight google the word blame and read the meaning.
     
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    Oh, that high court is the most shit thing ver. I typed in 'R4 banned in uK' on Google and got lots of results. I typed in 'Acekard banned in the UK' - no results. Stupid people. Now we'll all buy AceKards instead.
     
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    Fair enough then. At least i have an M3I0 [​IMG]
     
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    Besides, R4 doesn't emulate DS games on the DS.
     
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    haha

    worried aobut 3DS sales

    R4 doesnt even work on DSI
     
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    Ninendo's a sneaky bitch. After their profit period for the DS is over, it's time to clamp down and ruin our fun.
     
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    Does anybody actually buy their cards from UK suppliers anyway? I always bought mine directly from Hong Kong.

    As long as places like Shoptemp don't print the words "Illegal Nintendo Piracy Device" on the packaging we should all be fine.
     
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    First off when they say the ban R4 they indeed mean ALL type of flashcards. This will sham out any flashcard distributors publicly out of the UK and at most any packaged shipped with a flashcard will be labeled as "PC Controller" or "DS Accessory", thats of course using registered mail. Bulk shipments are the ones that will have issues bypassing checkpoints.

    I'm glad Nintendo is getting serious about this and I root all the way but I'd say the damage is already done. Its been quite a few years since DS flahcards came out and now they're so dirt cheap anyone with half a peanut for a brain wouldn't think about not buying a "TOt4lly uBBER Fr33 DS ROMZ" card for $3 (I'm talking to you R4), this is especially true within children where low morals and low income give pulse to such things.

    But what can I say.
     

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