Nintendo Pirate Settles Dispute for $1.5 Million

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Nintendo Pirate Settles Dispute for $1.5 Million

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It's not smart to pirate videogames, kids, unless you want to become an anti-millionaire.

On the positive side, James Burt, a 24-year-old from Sinnamon Park, Queensland, was able to settle his dispute with Nintendo after he was caught uploading Super Mario Bros. Wii to the internet a week ahead of its official release. On the negative side, Burt will now have to pay Nintendo $1.5 million.

Nintendo was not joking when it said it was going to step up the fight against piracy. The company applied for a search order which forced Burt to give Nintendo access to not only all of his computers, disks, and electronic storage devices, but his social networking site accounts, email accounts, and websites as well.

Nintendo said it traced Burt with "sophisticated technological forensics" and that it will "pursue those who attempt to jeopardize our industry by using all means available to it under the law." To Nintendo Australia managing director Rose Lappin, the situation "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."

This settlement was reached out-of-court, making me wonder just how screwed Burt would have been if a court had brought down an official judgment. For a 24-year-old man to have to foot a $1.5 million check, in addition to Nintendo's $100,000 legal bill, well that's just absolutely insane. To all you dirty, stinky pirates out there, it doesn't look like now is the time to mess with Nintendo.

(Via: Slashdot)

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On the bright side, no DRM.
I don't really know what to say. On the one hand 1.6 million is absurd for a fine, but on the other that kind of thing is the only way to get people to stop pirating games.

1.5 million. For a $60 game. Wowww

Well at least they're finally going after the right people.

thats what he gets i guess

Tom Goldman:
Nintendo was not joking when it said it was going to step up the fight against piracy.

They are lunching a new navy add-on for the wii?

I would hate to be him right now...

Ouch, dude. Ouch.

If I'd get a fine like that, it would be the end of the world (for me) as we know it.
I'm glad I don't pirate games.

Good for Nintendo!
Obviously it's pretty extreme, and the guy will likely never pay it off (Garnish those wages!), but it's good to see some real action being taken against piracy. The guy has no-one to blame but himself. Sorry buddy, shouldn't have been such a selfish jerk. I naively hope this acts as a sort-of-but-not-really deterrent for some other pirates out there.

Makes me proud to be a Wii owner. Nice to see a company finally taking a real stand and not punishing the innocent.

Baby Tea:
Sorry buddy, shouldn't have been such a selfish jerk.

Here is a question!

How is uploading something selfish?

I don't see how there gonna get the money out of the guy, unless hes rich. I mean if hes a normal guy and he liquidated all his assets he may have, like a third of that.

so thats how a friend of mine brought NSMBW to a LAN party on is WiiFlow´ed Wii.

on topic, 1.5 million bucks and access to every electronic device he has seems like a bit to much, no, Nintendo?

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Why? How much money did Nintendo lose from him putting it up a week early? I guess if you can't do the time you shouldn't do the crime.

See this is a much more effective measure than taking the fight to people who download pirated software, instead by attacking it directly at the source.

1.5 Million is probably a bit extreme but it does send a much better message than the RIAA suing senior citizens and 12-year-olds.

Spiner909:
1.5 million. For a $50 game. Wowww

Fix'd. And good job Nintendo. That'll teach pirates.

zauxz:

Baby Tea:
Sorry buddy, shouldn't have been such a selfish jerk.

Here is a question!

How is uploading something selfish?

Sharing is caring!

OT: But seriously, pirating games is bad. I do support downloading music, as it doesn't affect the musicians as seriously, but games are a different business.

Eric the Orange:
I don't see how there gonna get the money out of the guy, unless hes rich. I mean if hes a normal guy and he liquidated all his assets he may have, like a third of that.

I'm not a law expert, but he probably settled to avoid court costs and just files for bankruptcy, or whatever the equivalent is in Australia. It's doubtful that Nintendo will see any of that settlement, but their purpose is likely not to make up their losses but to send a message anyways.

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

zauxz:

Baby Tea:
Sorry buddy, shouldn't have been such a selfish jerk.

How is uploading something selfish?

Piracy in general is selfish.
The guy is obviously into pirating software.
If he wasn't such a selfish jerk, he wouldn't be into piracy, and then he wouldn't have a $1.6 million debt right now.

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

Defending their Intellectual Property makes you hate them?

zauxz:

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Most of us don't infringe copyright laws either.

zauxz:

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Whether it's a bit backwards that someone receives a more harsh penalty for pirating than for personal theft, when applying economies of scale it makes sense.

As dark as it seems, breaking into someone's house and taking their possessions affects one person (maybe a couple more if you want to argue semantics), whereas uploading stolen software to the common populace clearly affects more.

In summary, I don't see the benefit in said pirates performing these actions anyway. Risking themselves for the appreciation of anonymous.

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

if Nintendo should start solving world hunger with all their money

or pay the huge "putting out crap tax" that they owe :P

Thats a fucking life sentence for someone on average income and all for a console game.

Even rapists, paedophiles and murderers don't get that kind of punishment.

Nintendo: Do not fuck with them.

They will OWN you. Forever.

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Oh now I see it!

Downloading/uploading is such a serious crime, it's punishment is to ruin the entire life of the downloader!

Thanks! I'll kill the next person I'll see litering!

That's justice, right?

Meh, just smells like more scare tactics to me. Every so often you get the news that a single "big pirate" has been given a ridiculous fine so he'll have to hand in every single paycheck he makes for the rest of his life, but it has never made the slightest impact.

They need to either start cracking down on every pirate they can find, or start treating the whole piracy problem in a way that actually makes sense (DRM hurts legal users far more than it has ever hurt pirates), because just singling out one guy and destroying his entire life over one leaked game is as petty, cruel, and ineffective as it gets. And there's no way to fight it, because in court a single person will only get buttfucked by a horde of corporate lawyers.

zauxz:

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Oh now I see it!

Downloading/uploading is such a serious crime, it's punishment is to ruin the entire life of the downloader!

Thanks! I'll kill the next person I'll see litering!

That's justice, right?

You'd be surprised. But hating Nintendo for protecting their products is just silly.

Zac_Dai:
Thats a fucking life sentence for someone on average income and all for a console game.

Even rapists, paedophiles and murderers don't get that kind of punishment.

Well, if he just downloaded it, he wouldn't have gotten fined that much. But he shared it, which made Nintendo lose a lot more than just $49.99. If you're caught pirating one game, you probably get fined like $2000. If he seeded to only 750 people, then that's $1.5 million, and knowing how popular the Mario franchise is, it was probably a good 5000.

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Oh now I see it!

Downloading/uploading is such a serious crime, it's punishment is to ruin the entire life of the downloader!

Thanks! I'll kill the next person I'll see litering!

That's justice, right?

You'd be surprised. But hating Nintendo for protecting their products is just silly.

I dont hate them for protecting their products, I hate them for Quote:a fucked up sence of justice

zauxz:

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Oh now I see it!

Downloading/uploading is such a serious crime, it's punishment is to ruin the entire life of the downloader!

Thanks! I'll kill the next person I'll see litering!

That's justice, right?

Yes, it IS reasonable to draw parallels between punishing theft with a fine and punishing littering with murder.

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Oh now I see it!

Downloading/uploading is such a serious crime, it's punishment is to ruin the entire life of the downloader!

Thanks! I'll kill the next person I'll see litering!

That's justice, right?

You'd be surprised. But hating Nintendo for protecting their products is just silly.

It's not that they're protecting their product, it's doing so in a way that has absolutely zero effect on piracy while completely destroying a person's life. The punishment is useless in the big picture and completely out of proportions compared to the crime committed.

Gotta feel sorry for this guy.

But at least if people are too scared to don the old peg leg, we won't have to deal with DRM.

Aura Guardian:

Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Hopefully this will proceed to send a message out to people who do this. I don't want to call them pirates as it sounds semi cool... i need a new name for them.

All in all, if you commit a crime you should be punished. It's a shame this is the only way to make many people understand that crime is wrong...

Benjeezy:

zauxz:

Aura Guardian:

zauxz:
Could it be?

Could my hatred of nintendo actually grow stronger?

1.5 million? Wake the fuck up nintendo! Not all of us are swiming in dollar bills got for nosepicking!

Also, if anyone thinks this is right, then you have a fucked up sence of justice.

Stealing something that cost a lot to develop is wrong.
Maybe you should wake up. If you steal something, you're bound to face the consequences.

Oh now I see it!

Downloading/uploading is such a serious crime, it's punishment is to ruin the entire life of the downloader!

Thanks! I'll kill the next person I'll see litering!

That's justice, right?

Yes, it IS reasonable to draw parallels between punishing theft of a videogame with a fine of 1.5 million and punishing littering with murder.

Here, I fixed it for you.

Well ok, ok. I'll just break both of theyr kneecaps, deal?

zauxz:

I dont hate them for protecting their products, I hate them for Quote:a fucked up sence of justice

Maybe if people wouldn't steal their stuff, then they wouldn't have this "Fucked up sense of Justice".

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