A leading copyright enforcement official in Japan has likened individuals who pirate Nintendo DS games to terrorists.
tech.radar reports that Yutaka Kubota (left), who heads Japan's Association of Copyright for Computer Software, made the comment to Famitsu magazine:
This is an issue that affects our national interests and, personally, I see it as a form of information terrorism that is crushing Japan's industry.
tech.radar also notes that Kubota's organization has close ties to Nintendo. The DS manufacturer claims that 120 million bootleg copies of DS games were downloaded through the end of 2007. Such activity is not illegal in Japan, but pending legislation would make such downloading a crime.