Nintendo of America has been awarded more than $9 million USD ($12.76 million CAD) in a case involving the illegal distribution of 3DS flashcarts, modchips and game copying devices such as Gateway 3DS – it has emerged. A Canadian federal court ruled in favour of Nintendo after it was discovered that Go Cyber Shopping Founder Jeramie King was responsible for the prolific distribution of game copier devices through both a storefront and multiple websites.
This is the first reported ruling that enforces anti-circumvention rules previously established in 2012, and confirms Canada’s tough approach to copyright infringement and video game piracy. Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs was firm in his assessment of the ruling:
“Nintendo continues to be a leader in bringing innovative gaming platforms and software to our fans and millions of gamers across the globe…Nintendo has an established track record that demonstrates our resolve to protect our iconic characters and franchises. We will continue to protect the creative works of our developers and vigorously enforce our intellectual property rights against those that attempt to steal or misuse them.”
King will be forced to apologise to Nintendo on his website for the damage he has caused.
Source: Business Wire
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