hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Japan takes another smack at Nintendo pirates

3:00 AM on 05.31.2012 // Hiroko Yamamura
  @biobooster

Nintendo DS pirates and home-brew hopefuls expecting to pick up a software loading card in Japan may need to start making other plans. Recently there was an amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention act that specifically banned the sale of any devices that bypass a manufacturers implemented security. On Wednesday we saw our first case imposing this new rule. The crackdown involved a magikon (magic computer) type card, that allows users to load games and software on a SD card, into a Nintendo DS capable handheld.

The accused 39 year old man from Saitama Japan was caught selling three of these devices, totaling ¥7,200. Not really a big time dealer by any stretch. There was a rather high profile case in 2008 involving a R4 magikon card in Osaka. A mother and son were arrested for the same crime, but charged with violation of a different law. Now that the law is even more specific, do you think the news in Japan will be full of similar arrests soon?

Japan arrests Majikon video game piracy suspect [BBC]


 Reblog (or) Blog Reply



Hiroko Yamamura, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure biobooster Tips
I am Hiroko, yes I am a ninja more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.
advertisement:




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
What is the meaning of life, and do you have any more pizza rolls?
You may remix all content on this site under Creative Commons with Attribution
- Living the dream, Since 2006 -