Nintendo asks help to go against piracy offenders from around the worl

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Link5084, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Link5084

    Link5084 Sword & Shield at your service

    Aug 6, 2008
    United States

    I just hope they don't go and find us here at GBATemp

    How do you know when your corporation might have become just a touch too rich and powerful? Well, calling out entire countries should set off a few warning bells. Nintendo has just sent out a release detailing exactly which countries it's got a bone to pick with and why.

    The company's beef is piracy, which it says the U.S. needs to do a better job battling in China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Paraguay. Check out the full list of offenses after the break. As always, we remind Nintendo that the battle against piracy has to begin and end on the High Seas. Cut off their citrus supply and you'll be stuffing them in scurvy crates and shipping them back to Neverland before you can say Davy Jones' Locker.

    Below is a summary of Nintendo's filing:

    PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: China continues to be the hub of production for counterfeit Nintendo video game products. The number of online shopping sites in China selling infringing Nintendo products is increasing, and help is needed by the government to curtail the growth of these illegal marketplaces. These products are sold both inside China and to the world, including our key market in the United States. Chinese customs officials must stop shipments of game copiers and other infringing products out of China, and China should work in the coming year to eliminate barriers to its enforcement laws.

    REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Internet piracy in Korea continues to increase, as does the availability of devices that get around product security and allow for the play of illegal Nintendo software. A massive customs raid of 10 premises that resulted in the seizure of more than 75,000 game copiers at the beginning of 2009 is a positive sign the government is serious about enforcement. Nintendo is pleased with Korea's consistent customs seizures, and courts are now starting to hold distributors of circumvention devices, such as game copiers, accountable. The Korea-U.S. free trade agreement is important to all intellectual property rights holders.

    BRAZIL: Federal anti-piracy actions are not reducing piracy in Brazil, and local enforcement efforts are weak. Efforts to prosecute for piracy are virtually nonexistent. Customs and border control agents failed to seize a single shipment of Nintendo video game products in Brazil in 2008. Internet piracy is increasing with no legal infrastructure in place to respond to the threat it poses to rights holders. High tariffs and taxes also constitute market barriers for legitimate video game products.

    MEXICO: Anti-piracy actions by the Mexican government in 2008 were wholly inadequate. The Mexican government must recognize the seriousness of the piracy problem and start using existing enforcement tools. Mexico's participation in negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is encouraging, but enforcement efforts need to move forward now. The willingness of Mexican customs and Mexican postal service workers to be trained by trademark owners was a positive sign in 2008.

    SPAIN: The availability of game-copying devices in Spain is alarming. Internet sites offering game-copying devices and illegal Nintendo software are widespread and must be addressed. Nintendo asks that the Spanish government implement laws protecting the creative copyright industry and enact laws against Internet piracy. Nintendo considers education a priority in its fight against piracy in the European Union. Customs authorities play an important role in enforcing intellectual property rights, and Nintendo is seeing positive signs in this area. Nintendo is pleased about recent steps taken by the Spanish National Police against distributors of game copiers.

    PARAGUAY: Corruption continues to hamper anti-piracy efforts. Nintendo's anti-piracy actions in Paraguay show that illegal goods are imported and also locally produced. Border controls are key to decreasing piracy, and the revised criminal code will increase penalties against those distributing circumvention devices in Paraguay.
  2. Rock Raiyu

    Rock Raiyu Clock Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    United States
    Walking the path of heaven
    Oh good, they're talking about other countries other then US. I guess they don't care about us..
  3. Brainy142

    Brainy142 GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 9, 2007
  4. Ace Gunman

    Ace Gunman ~••Lucky҉Shot••~

    Former Staff
    Apr 17, 2003
    Wassamatta U
    It's not a concern. GBAtemp is A) not doing anything illegal (it's not illegal to catalogue the specs of releases), and B) we're hosted in France.
  5. tinymonkeyt

    tinymonkeyt GBAtemp brat

    Feb 27, 2008
    United States
    i know im being just a lil paranoid
    but could they like...find people through our IP address here?
  6. Joey Ravn

    Joey Ravn F*** you, Nintendo!

    Aug 29, 2007
    1. The videogame industry is one of the strongest industries in the country. Even during these hard times it keeps on growing, more than, let's say, the film, music and book industries. How come Nintendo complains about Spain, when...

    2. ... they still charge more than €40 for a f***ing DS game? And we still buy it?

    You want to combat "piracy"? Lower your prices first. And the US has no affairs here in Spain, nor in any other country. They don't have to battle anything outside their territory.

    PS: Yes, I'm quite angry with all this. Do I sound too angry? I am angry ¬¬
  7. TrolleyDave

    TrolleyDave Philosolosophising

    Former Staff
    Jan 1, 2007
    Wales, UK
    They'll declare that all the countries on that list are hiding WMPs (Weapons of Mass Piracy) and send in the troops! lol [​IMG]
  8. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 26, 2009
    United States

    Dude, Nintendo may make great products BUT THEY'RE REALY FUCKING EXPENSIVE for VIDEO GAMES!!!

    Many people, economy or not, can't afford to pay for Nintendo's outrageous prices, and for a company that listens to the people, that's a big fault on their part. If prices are reasonable, piracy will shrink. Plain and simple.

    Hell, Nintendo is the 3rd biggest tech company in Japan. I think they can afford to lower prices.
  9. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

    Former Staff
    Apr 18, 2008
    DS Scene
    Even if they could, seeing as this site has nothing to do with the distribution of pirated material, having access to the real identity of members here would at best be considered circumstantial. They cant argue or prove to any court in the world that because you are a member here you are involved in piracy in any way.

    So I wouldnt worry about it.

  10. Joey Ravn

    Joey Ravn F*** you, Nintendo!

    Aug 29, 2007
    Lol, yeah [​IMG] AFAIK, flashcarts and modchips without a BIOS file are not illegal. So now Nintendo, and many other videogame companies of course, want to meddle in the legislation of a country? Woah, talk about lobbies.
  11. Morgawr

    Morgawr GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 18, 2008
    Damn you, it's been all day that you keep posting before me saying exactly what I want to say.... Are you in my mind?

    And anyways yeah, this is completely harmless to us, what we are is a community of homebrew developers and gamers who like to discuss about videogames. We aren't doing anything wrong and I think they have more important issues to work at, like REAL pirated-stuff sellers (not online downloads or anything like that). I'm talking about those chinese people selling hacked version of pokemon in carts saying it's an original game, or that 1000 in 1 games or any hacking/pirating device. That's basically what they could alert US of, just ask them to stop trading in stuff like that for chinese sellers to sell on the streets... At least that's how it works here in Italy (lots of bootleg sellers, most of them South African and Chinese), I don't know in the USA...

    ps: I didn't want to sound racist but it's a fact, I've got nothing wrong with Chinese and South Africans ^^
  12. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 26, 2009
    United States
    i actually have seen those multicarts for sale on the internet. I won't post a link for the sake of GBAtemp but it said that you could buy 200 games in 1 for about $179
  13. BORTZ

    BORTZ Tired of being the good guy

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    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    Im really wondering why the US isnt pegged here.
  14. Santee

    Santee Jalapeño

    Nov 13, 2008
    United States
    seems like there just complianing that countrys arent making sure there is no crime agianst any of there products which is hopeless
  15. jaxxster

    jaxxster The Heretic

    Oct 31, 2006
    South East London
    I think ds games are overpriced. Fair enough paying 30-40 for a decent console game but for a handheld game which has just a few megabytes on isnt worth that much.
  16. DeadLocked

    DeadLocked Bi-Winning.

    Aug 18, 2008
    Well, if they get serious....
    PSP anyone? [​IMG]
  17. Awdofgum

    Awdofgum Wadofgum

    Mar 17, 2007
    United States
    I don't see where you guys are getting off at overpriced.

    AAA list games have high budgets and there's about 70 people, including 20 programmers and 30 artists, and not even including the testers, who all work on a AAA list game. Don't they need to get paid? How else is the publisher/developer going to raise that money?
  18. ackers

    ackers GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 17, 2007
    Nintendo software is illegal, eh? [​IMG] Should be 'the illegal play of Nintendo software'. Dumb asses.
  19. lyoozero

    lyoozero Advanced Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Brazil really needs some kind of an action. Taxes are REALLY the problem here, but even if this problem is resolved, I'm pretty sure people won't stop pirating.
  20. Wii-Nis

    Wii-Nis Advanced Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    United States
    Dirty Jerzy
    nintendo's beef is that these pirates are making copies and selling them....but making copies for yourself seems ok