ESA raid

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  1. 1c3d3m0n
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    Recently, ESA (yes, the one in America) and Singapore's local police raided Sim Lim Square, one of Singapore's famous IT shopping mall. 200 SGD$40 worth of slot-1 devices were confiscated. No one was arrested, but they will be fined.

    Looks like there is a tough crackdown on piracy on NDS. Not only they are closing down romsites, but also confiscated hardwares.
     


  2. Nero

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    Damn... Now they're going after the Flashcarts.
    I don't get it, it doesn't have to be used for DS ROMs!

    I bet they'll do the same even if a team releases a Flashcart without ROM compatibility.

    ~Nero
     
  3. 1c3d3m0n
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    Flashcarts doesn't have to be used with roms, BUT it can run roms, that is why it is banned. Especially in Singapore where strict anti-piracy policy is enforced. Singaporeans who torrent or download animes can face lawsuits, that's how tough they are cracking down one people.
     
  4. Johnatton

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    6 Sim Lim Square shops raided for piracy
    They allegedly sold devices that allow Nintendo consoles to play pirated games
    By Chua Hian Hou
    SIX shops in popular IT haunt Sim Lim Square were raided yesterday for allegedly peddling devices which allow users to download and play pirated games on their Nintendo DS handheld consoles.
    More than 200 of these devices, which have been sold by game and game-console retailers there for about $40 each, were seized during the raid by the police, working with video game industry watchdog Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

    The United States-based anti-piracy body's members include some of the world's biggest video game companies such as Electronic Arts, Vivendi Games and Square Enix. These firms produce popular titles such as World Of Warcraft and Final Fantasy.

    The raid marks the ESA's first action here, although it has been active in other countries in the region.

    Its spokesman Cyril Chua said two versions of the piracy-enabling device were found: One contains a built-in storage capacity for holding the games, the other reads stored games from off-the-shelf micro-SD storage cards. Such cards are also used in devices such as mobile phones and digital cameras to store data, and each 2GB capacity card can hold about 18 games.

    Also seized were two computers with pirated games and 19 micro-SD cards with pirated games pre-loaded onto them.

    Until now, software busts here have been undertaken by the police, individual video game companies such as Sony, or the Business Software Alliance, which represents giants such as Microsoft and Adobe.

    Mr Chua, an intellectual property lawyer, said that such devices are illegal under the Singapore Copyright Act as they 'circumvent' technological measures that protect copyrighted works. The device does this by fooling the game system into thinking it is an original game cartridge.

    No arrests were made during the raid, but anyone convicted of peddling these devices faces penalties of up to $20,000 in fines and two years' jail.

    This haul follows last month's police seizure of more than half a million dollars of pirated movies and games, the year's biggest haul of pirated goods.
     
  5. pika3000

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    *Begins to wonder if Pacific Mall will be raided again.* [​IMG]
     
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    lol unless the ESA wants to start tracking people in canada i dont think p-mall will be raided again for flashcarts.. the rcmp and police will probably just come back and raid dvds again.. sighs. i like pirated dvds..//
     
  7. Infinitus

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    Electronic Arts strikes again! D:
     
  8. cory1492

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    And on the more humorous side of it...
    Drat those bicycle peddlers! [​IMG]

    On a more serious note, does this mean if I had frequented those stores I would be considered a peddlerphile? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. 4saken

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    I would understand why they would begin to raid shops and sites containing pirated material and piracy devices. It's justified if you think about it from their perspective (the ESA and Nintendo), just sit tight and enjoy a smaller community
     
  10. Nero

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    Oh noes... The ESA might look through their computer's history and find the ROM sites they used to Download them!

    I smell more sites getting shut down... [​IMG]

    ~Nero
     
  11. ujoewong

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    Aisk.. I hope that would not happen in Malaysia as Singapore is so close with us.
     
  12. ZAFDeltaForce

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    I wonder if they're targeting downloaders too?
     
  13. H8TR

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    I swear, it seems like Pacific Mall is raided everyday day nowadays.
     
  14. TLSpartan

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    DS-X [​IMG]
     
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    Haha that made my day. [​IMG]
     
  16. azotyp

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    Encrypt your pc with proper program/device and they can suck your ass when they raid you.
     
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    Or if you use UNIX(FreeBSD,MAC OSX,Linux) you can use the shred command [​IMG]
     
  18. ZAFDeltaForce

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    [​IMG] Will do
     
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  20. hollabackitsobi

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    If they don't know how and where to find ROM sites, god help them. A quick Google Search is all most people do, how hard is it?