Man gets two years and fined $96,000 for DS piracy

Protip: Don’t create a Web site offering over 1,000 DS games for illegal download unless you’re really sure you won’t get caught. Yoshiaki Asagiri wasn’t so careful, and now a Kyoto District court has brought a most swift and brutal retribution down upon him.

For breaking Japanese copyright law, Asagiri has been sentenced to two years in prison, and has been slapped with two fines worth $21,000 and $75,000. The presiding judge said that what Asagiri did “tramples” over the efforts of those who made the games he was ripping off. Fair enough, but I never did work out how you’re meant to pay off a massive fine if you’re in prison. 

What do you make of this ruling? Was the judge too harsh, or was this Asagiri’s fault for robbing the DS library so blatantly?

Jim Sterling