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Tuesday, 09 February 2010 13:21

Nintendo scuttles Australian pirate

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Nintendo has confirmed the result of legal action taken against an Australian who uploaded a copy of New Super Mario Bros Wii to the internet.  Nintendo is hoping to send shivers through the timbers of all software pirates.

Nintendo has revealed the result of recent legal action against an Australian individual caught uploading a copy of the highly-anticipated (and subsequently high selling) game, New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

According to Nintendo, the game became available on the internet on November 6th 2009, a week prior to its official release. 

Nintendo has said it was '..... was able to employ the use of sophisticated technological forensics to identify the individual responsible for illegally copying the file and making it available for further distribution. On 23 November, 2009, Nintendo obtained a Federal Court search order in respect of the individual's residential premises. This led to the seizure of property from those premises in order to gain further evidence against the individual.'

This legal proceeding was commenced to protect the creative rights and innovation of game developers, and to combat the growing international problem of Internet piracy. Under Australian law, copying and distributing games without the permission of the copyright holder is a breach of the Copyright Act. 

The legal proceeding resulted in a settlement in which the individual will pay to Nintendo the sum of AU$1.5 Million dollars by way of damages to compensate Nintendo for the loss of sales revenue caused by the individual's actions.

No other details of the case are available, but Nintendo is hoping that by using terms such as 'the use of sophisticated technological forensics to identify the individual responsible' will make people with piracy leanings think twice before tying their bandanna too tightly.

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Under the shadow of rampant piracy in the handheld world dominated by Nintendo's DS device, it is understandable that Nintendo and companies in similar situations go after blatant stealing of their product.

Nintendo says: 'Nintendo guards its intellectual property rights in order to protect the interests of its valued consumers, its own interests, as well as the interests of game development companies. Nintendo will pursue those who attempt to jeopardise our industry by using all means available to it under the law. '

Additionally Nintendo added: 'Nintendo has been working to combat piracy for approximately 20 years. Piracy is a significant threat to Nintendo's business, as well as over 1,400 game development companies working to provide unique and innovative games for the Nintendo platform. Fewer sales of Nintendo's hardware and software systems means fewer resources that Nintendo, its licensees, developers and publishers have to create and market new video game products which is ultimately to the detriment of video game enthusiasts. When there is a decrease in game development, there is also a decrease in the number of jobs in the industry. The existence of piracy jeopardises the strength of the video game industry overall.'

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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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