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Old 02-09-2010, 02:10 AM
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These are pretty much feel good stories. I have a big problem with gaming piracy and when people get nailed, it's only a good thing for the industry as a whole.

http://kotaku.com/5467320/pirate-ord...ndo-15-million

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Nintendo sent out a press release today triumphantly boasting of victory in an Australian court over a man accused of pirating New Super Mario Bros. Wii. And how this single man now owes the mega-rich company $1.5 million.

Last November, Nintendo says it was able to "employ the use of sophisticated technological forensics" to catch the man, James Burt, who has been convicted of uploading the word's first pirated copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii onto the internet.

Burt - a single man, not a company or group - now must pay the Japanese publisher and platform holder AUD$1.5 million (USD$1.3 million), "to compensate Nintendo for the loss of sales revenue caused by the individual's actions."

Yes, he broke the law. And as a pirate, should be punished. But this is a game that's sold over 10 million copies in just three months.

Nothing like a little disproportionate punishment to maintain that lovable image, eh Nintendo?
They've got some awesome cyber sleuthing going on over there...
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:19 AM
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Nintendowned? Ninten-downed... Nintend-owned? BAH, THAT PORTMANTEAU DOESN'T WORK.
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Nintendowned? Ninten-downed... Nintend-owned? BAH, THAT PORTMANTEAU DOESN'T WORK.
Does that make it a poormanteau?
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:20 AM
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These are pretty much feel good stories. I have a big problem with gaming piracy and when people get nailed, it's only a good thing for the industry as a whole.

http://kotaku.com/5467320/pirate-ord...ndo-15-million



They've got some awesome cyber sleuthing going on over there...
Celebrates the man who has roms on his PS3.

I somehow doubt that would fly over here. Nintendo suffered no significant damages. That payment is completely disproportional to the crime.
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Celebrates the man who has roms on his PS3.

I somehow doubt that would fly over here. Nintendo suffered no significant damages. That payment is completely disproportional to the crime.
So is pretty much every payment on such matters.

Perhaps we should all start programming shitty games that won't even sell 100 copies -- not talking about New Super Mario Bros. of course -- and then sue the poor guy who really bought it, just because he shared it with others.

Instant million $$$

Probably easier than forcing a McD employee to spill coffee on you.
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All he has to do is file for bankrupcy. Idk how that works in AUS, but here in the US all you would have to do is file, and take the hit on your credit. Cause there is no way any normal mid-class person can pay that off.
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Celebrates the man who has roms on his PS3.

I somehow doubt that would fly over here. Nintendo suffered no significant damages. That payment is completely disproportional to the crime.
My Linux install has nothing on it, still. Due mostly to not having a USB mouse at the moment.

Overboard? Perhaps. But then again, just think, what if the PC gaming industry could do something like that? Or PSP pirates. Or if Microsoft could do the same. This could be a one-off thing, but it could also be a chance for Nintendo to really ramp up a policy on piracy.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:29 AM
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The guy will just declare bankruptcy if he looses in court.
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Bankruptcy law in Australia states that you will remain bankrupt for three years. However, for this to occur you need to remain in cooperation with your trustee. In situations where this does not happen, it can take as long as five to eight years for you to be discharged from bankruptcy.
There are situations that you should take into consideration. While most creditors are unable to continue to collect a debt from you, some types of debt are not qualified for bankruptcy. These include:

- Fines and penalties imposed on you from the Court, or similar institutions

- All child maintenance and other maintenance orders

- Some Centrelink overpayments and HECS obligations
Doesn't seem so easy to file for bankruptcy. Not under those circumstances.
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All he has to do is file for bankrupcy. Idk how that works in AUS, but here in the US all you would have to do is file, and take the hit on your credit. Cause there is no way any normal mid-class person can pay that off.
That's what hey want you to do. When the RIAA a sues Minnesota woman and must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties she files for chapter 11 basicly saying mess with us we bankrupt you. Hell there quoted on that trial saying
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"This is what can happen if you donít settle," RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think we have sent a message we are willing to go to trial."
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