An Australian pirate by the name of James Burt has been ordered by a court to pay Nintendo the staggering sum of one and a half million Australian dollars, "to compensate Nintendo for the loss of sales revenue caused by the individual’s actions."
His crime? He released an early copy of Super Mario Bros Wii on to the internet, ensuring it would find its way into its underbelly, and eventually be downloaded â€œmany thousands of times,â€ according to Nintendo’s Australian representation. He had the game available for download from November 6th, despite the game only officially being available from the 12th.
I’m glad to see something being done about piracy, but that’s a heck of a lot of beans. Still, it may dissuade other people from leaking games on to the internet.
Nintendo Australia managing director Rose Lappin says the case is a victory against piracy.
"Piracy is massive and getting bigger and bigger but I think the courts are taking it more seriously now as you can see by this," she said.
"As an industry it’s a major problem and the cost is massive to the industry and to developers. "Some of these guys say there are more downloads and patches than there are actual sales for themâ€ "That’s shocking for our industry."
Score one for anti-piracy advocates! Still, I don’t think that’s money Nintendo will ever see. James Burt doesn’t strike me as the sort to have that sort of cash tucked away under his mattress.
Source : News.com.au
Last Updated: February 9, 2010