Yesterday GamePolitics covered the Justice Department’s announcement that 24-year-old Kifah Maswadi had been sentenced to 15 months jail time and fined $415,000.
Selling the Power Player system, a handheld which connects to a television and offers players access to 76 old – but still copyrighted – NES games.
While federal court documents indicate that it took an FBI undercover operation to bring Maswadi down, we note that the Super Joy Power Player III remains available for purchase – right out in the open – on Amazon.com. While the system is not sold by Amazon itself, seven Amazon "sellers" offer the item under the Amazon logo, including Texas-based Anythingonsale and Darmah76 from New York. Prices range from $11.99 to $40.00.
The Amazon product description page describes the system, along with some of the NES titles it plays:
Included: Main System Controller, Joystick Control Pad, Light Gun, AC Adapter & AV Cable. Play Games Like Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, 1942, Stargate, Joust, Dig-Dug, Galaga, Contra, Hogan’s Alley, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders & Popeye.
Although Amazon provides the sales platform for its registered sellers, it is unclear how much oversight takes place. The Amazon sellers program website offers the following blanket disclaimer regarding copyright violations:
Amazon is not involved in the actual transaction between Sellers and Buyers… As a Seller, you may list any item on the Site unless it is a prohibited item… Without limitation, you may not list any item or link or post any related material that (a) infringes any third-party intellectual property rights (including copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secrets) or other proprietary rights… or (c) is counterfeited, illegal, stolen, or fraudulent.
With other sellers still openly peddling the Power Player, why was the FBI so interested in Maswadi?