Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

February 25, 2009 -

Nintendo has pointed the piracy finger at several nations in a press release issued today.

China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Paraguay all come in for a mention as countries where "piracy is rampant," according to Nintendo.

The maker of the Wii and DS systems also appealed to the U.S. Trade Representative to help combat piracy, especially the type accomplished through circumvention devices such as game copiers and mod chips.

Interestingly, Canada, which was recently singled out by the ESA over its relaxed posture toward mod chips, does not come in for a mention by Nintendo.

Here are some snippets of Nintendo's concerns about the offending nations:

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...  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...

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...

Anti-piracy actions by the Mexican government in 2008 were wholly inadequate... The availability of game-copying devices in Spain is alarming. Internet sites offering game-copying devices and illegal Nintendo software are widespread... Corruption continues to hamper anti-piracy efforts [in Paraguay]...


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Moronictendo

Nintendo is acting in a utterly stupid manner...

 

First, they complain that people here buy their consoles and games ilegally... Huh, that is because legal taxpaying consoles usually are priced bizarrely? (Or someone here think that 1100 USD for a wii, 400 USD for wii fit and 100 USD for castlevania for DS is not bizarre? Remembering that here 70% of the population has the monthly salary of 200 USD or less)

Also, they complain that local law enforcement is not good... seriously? I saw thousands of times soldiers storming piracy dealers stores, and they getting arrested, losing all the things, and this is not sufficient?

 

Of course it is not sufficient, while noone sells the things decently, the pirates do (btw: the pirates give software technical support and accept return, the companies that install modchips usually repair consoles much cheaper than authorized companies, faster, and the most important: they sometimes give guarantee, while since the consoles here do not exist officially, there are no official guarantee...)

 

Also, the ways to pay for a legal thing suck, you need to send money outside the country, and sometimes the taxes for that are outright rip-off (my bank ask 60 USD to do wire transfers...)

 

Also, there are no localization but the one that pirates provice (yes, pirated care to localize the things that they sell, and people that sell illegal consoles, like stolen or bought in other country and evading taxes, care to translate the manual and whatnot...)

 

So, nintendo must stop being such moron and SELL their things here, if they SELL their things here, maybe someone will BUY instead of "steal" like they claim.

 

Because you know, you can not BUY when NOONE is SELLING...

 

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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

What the fuck do they expect the U.S.to do? Nuke the countries with the pirated games? Send raids into foreign territories and disturb delicate international relations? What a bunch of fucking douchebags.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

No. They are asking for the U.S. Trade representative help to stop the likes of Mod Chips, Game Copiers and Illegally reproduced games within the U.S. (both manufacture and importation/exportation), not to help them stop it in other countries. The countries listed are where most of these come from.

What isn't clear from the article is that Nintendo's report was part of Special 301

Special 301 is an annual review process led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. U.S. trade law ("Special 301") requires an annual review of intellectual property protection and market access practices in foreign countries

http://www.iipa.com/special301.html

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

In all honesty, if you look at the countries mentioned and you look at nintendo's distribution in said countries, you'd see why there is such rampant piracy in those areas. If I'd say anything to nintendo it'd go something like this.

Dear Nintendo,
pay attention to Gabe Newell. Distribute more and make it easier for people to get your products legally.
 
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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

This is a relaly odd request.

 

To Nintendo's credit they did have the most clever DRM scheme I had ever seen.

If you tried oy play Earthbound copied to a blank cart, you got so overwehlmed with enemies the game became no fun, and the final battle didn't let you view the ending

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

I have to admit I have knowingly bought counterfeit things. Sometimes merchandise available in the US IE my Gundam Wallet can only be attained that way. However this is still wierd.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Prehaps if you focued on the illict software and not the elgal hardware you'd have a better argument...

 


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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Um you guys are missing something here. Nintendo specifically rails against mod chips. Forget all legal uses of them, they are only for pirates.

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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

yeah i cant stand that mentality. I know ppl that have modded PSPs, but only so they can install better video player software, and hook their PSP video output to a monitor. And play homebrew games. They dont pirate stuff.. simple as that.

Its like saying 'well we need to ban all cutlery, and hand held tools, i mean yeah they have legitimate uses, but somebody could use it to whack someody over the head and murder them'. Therefore they should be banned.

Even better example is cars. How many illegal uses do they potentially have???

Murder Weapon...

Getaway vehicle...

drug smuggling...

kidnapping...

street racing..

 

So do we ban cars because they can potentially be used illegally?

 

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Um, ok.  It's an odd request, asking the US to help enforce the law in other countries.  I suppose we could threaten sanctions if Mexico doesn't pull their police officers off the war against the drug cartels (who are practically taking over some border towns and killing thousands every year) to go after video game pirates.  In this time of economic woe and global violence, we should take the time to look out for the little guy.  Surely the workers at Nintendo are starving, seeing how the Wii sells more consoles than the other two combined, and the DS is the most popular handheld.  Poor Nintendo!

But I heard their cries, and did my American duty to police the world just this morning!  On gamefaqs, someone asked where they could go to buy illegal copies of games in the Phillippines.  I flagged their post for moderation.  Take that, you dirty pirate!

Nintendo can rest safe while I'm on the case....

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Does Japan have no power to stop piracy nya? I mean they practically border China in comparison to us.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

And besides, the whole reason Nintendo is begging the U.S. for help is because the U.S. is the foremost world power.


Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

No, it's because the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative wants these reports as part of their Special 301 annual review.

This isn't Nintendo begging the U.S. for help, it's them providing a report that the U.S. have requested.

http://www.iipa.com/special301.html

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

If Japan tried any shit with pretty much any country they'd likely be crushed in this day and age, since their military is a joke, never mind a world power.


Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

america cant stop the pirates in its own borders hth are they going to stop them in brazil and china?

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Well US involvement is just silly as there's no real way they can enforce nor do I think our government has the time to dedicate themselves to such a trivial issue.  Can't really comment too much on the other countries as I'm not sure what their relationship with Japan is, but China and Japan have never really been friends and Mexico has the drug cartels to worry about. 

 

 

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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Poor Nintendo. Cuz god knows, they certainly don't have enough money! Guess santa isn't bringing them any gold plated jets this year. Boo Hoo!

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

I must admit, I would have thought the Police would be too busy with things like Drug Cartels, Gangs and Organised Crime to be worried about Piracy, particuarly in Brazil.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Well the thing with drugs is that in the grand scheme of things, that's how most poor people in places like Brazil make money. Most governments know that drug farms exist and probebly know even where the people and where the farms are, but don't do anything because they know hundreds of thousands of people live off this stuff. If you burn all the drugs or cut them all down, they are left with no money and your economy is crippled A: because no one in your country has money and B: you spent all that money killing drugs

Ususally the key thing is to give the drug farmers equal value products like Macadamia nuts, but they are supplied by the government and generally no one wants to spend money right now.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

True, but Brazil is famous for its ongoing war with Drug barons, to the point where there are open street gun-battles between police and dealers, in fact, I seem to recall that last Christmas a Helicopter carrying a Santa impressionist had to turn back from its route to a party because gangs though it was a Police helicopter and started firing on it...

Yup, it was over Rio De Janeiro:

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSEIC85598720071218?fee...

 

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

And the situation is even worse in Mexico or at least on par with it.  Both of those countries have bigger issues to deal with than enforcing anti-piracy laws to please a rich Japanese company.

 

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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

I guess pirated games are more important than violent drug cartels.  I'll make a note of that.


Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

In behalf my country... We do it for the lulz...

I don´t think piracy is gonna be an important issue this year in my country, because we got narcotraficantes (droug lords) battling against police and the army in many cities, and organized crime taking over many industries in Mexico, even piracy.

I don´t buy any piracy since 10 years, btw. I don´t like it. I prefer to use the real thing.

 

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Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

Sounds like a case of "Big brother they are cheating at the game, go beat em up"

I mean the US is the last world power or some-such but they are not the World.  As arrogant as they try to make americans sound (and who sometimes are) even the worst (aka the goverment) knows better than to try to claim that everyone has to follow the US rules.  I mean yes the US might be the last superpower but the rest of the world has her outnumbered, outgunned and outclassed. 

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

I wouldn't say outclassed. There are several countries out there that use the same or similar military strategies and tactics that the united states uses so just outnumbered and outgunned. The only thing we really have to keep them from gangin up on us is pandora's box (nukes) and we definetely dont want that opened.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

You don't even want to know about the image that came into my brain after reading that title...  I think that this would be a waste of US dollars, Nintendo should try to handle this by themselves.

Re: Nintendo Fingers Piracy Nations, Asks U.S. For Help

 Nintendo doesnt have the autority to take criminal actions against pirates. So instead they lobby differn't countries for new legislation to solve their problem. Nintendo is upset that it spends so much money to get these laws passed and the law enforcement isn't actually "enforcing" these laws.

 
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