Nintendo have been successful in prosecuting a pirate in Australia. His offence was to upload and make available for download the New Super Mario Bros Wii game one week before its release in Australia.
Nintendo applied for and was successful in gaining a search order which meant the pirater, James Burt (24) was forced to give up all his computers and access details to his e-mails as well as social networking sites logins.
The figure of $1.5 million was awarded due to the claimed loss Nintendo suffered due to the new games being released without permission and for free a week ahead of schedule.
Nintendo Australia managing director Rose Lappin said the illegal upload had marred the release of the new game, which Australia was able to get ahead of other countries, which was unusual.
“It wasn’t just an Australian issue, it was a global issue. There was thousands and thousands of downloads, at a major cost to us and the industry really,” Ms Lappin said. (Sydney Herald News)
It seems piracy does not pay and new laws introduced in many countries allow law enforcement agencies as well as companies that suffer a loss due to piracy to gain access to an alleged pirate’s computers and e-mails. Nintendo claim they used “sophisticated” tracking methods to pinpoint the leak to James Burt.