Nintendo triumphs in French anti-piracy suit

Wednesday, 5th October 2011 00:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A French court has ruled in favour of Nintendo in its ongoing legal battle against the sale of flash cards for the DS.

The Paris Court of Appeals declared six French companies guilty of the “importation, sale and distribution of game copier devices”, overturning a 2009 decision.

The guilty parties have been hit with a cumulative total of €460,000 in criminal fines, €4.8 million in damages, and suspended prison sentences.

France was one of the few Western European territories to allow sale of the devices after Nintendo began a worldwide effort to combat their sale. Flash or R4-type cards enable pirated and custom software to be played on the DS,



  1. Christopher Jack

    It seems that it was still legal at the times they were doing it, seems unfair to charge them when it wasn’t illegal at the time they were doing it.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    I agree. I don’t think it’s fair to fine letalone imprison people for doing something that at the time was actually legal.

    I’d also be interested to know how much of that money Nintendo dish to to the folks actually affected negatively by piracy of the DS.

    Let’s see.. R4 = easy free games = shedloads of DS’s sell = Big nintendo win. And yes, I know at least four people who bought a DS purely because they could R4 it.

    The losers from the R4 sales are of course the game devs (which is why I as a programmer never pirate games). So the money should be split amongst them, somehow.

    #2 3 years ago

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