Nintendo DS R4 Card Now Illegal In UK

"A court ruling has made the sale of a key part of Nintendo DS homebrew use illegal in the UK."

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This week seems to be quite active in governmental actions towards electronic device software workarounds.  On Monday we reported a US government decision legalizing the "jailbreaking" of iPhones.  Today, similar ruling has taken place in the UK regarding Nintendo's DS handheld console, though this time in the other direction.

The London High Court has ruled that the sale/importing of Nintendo DS game copiers, such as the popular R4 card, is now illegal.  This comes despite arguments from the defendants, Wai Dat Chan and Playables Limited, that the device allows users to make use of and play "homebrew" applications/games.  The reasoning behind the judge's decision is that despite the homebrew use, the device still must first circumvent the console's security features.

"Nintendo promotes and fosters game development and creativity, and strongly supports the game developers who legitimately create new and innovative applications," a statement read. "In the UK alone, there have been over 100,000 game copying devices seized since 2009.

"Nintendo initiates these actions not only on its own behalf, but also on behalf of over 1,400 video game development companies that depend on legitimate sales of games for their survival."


This ruling comes a week after a similar decision in a Dutch court, which found 11 retailers guilty of illegally importing and selling piracy equipment.

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14-07-2010, 11:19:13

give me a sec till i step out from behind shrek :p

14-07-2010, 11:21:46

hahaha !!!!

Great comeback :D really made I laugh that.

14-07-2010, 11:26:31

quick wit mate gets u far in this life ;)

14-07-2010, 11:41:28

Fuff me thats not far off what i do look like when tinkering with the pc,I better buy the other half something nice just for letting my colossus hulk climb on top!!

14-07-2010, 18:39:12

hmmm gainward GS or gainward GS GLH

if it has not been said already then get a 460.........I am next wednesday wooopah

EDIT:just realised you picked up some,i would of gonw with gainward as there overclocked versions have better cooling

14-07-2010, 18:47:52

the gainwards are quite a bit more expensive tho

14-07-2010, 18:50:24

gainward 1gb GS eddition is £188 at scan

14-07-2010, 18:52:51

i thot u meant there top model @ £210

plus i heard the sonic ones were great and they have custom pcb

14-07-2010, 19:37:36

nah the GLH is abit extreme but 800Mhz on the core is good,but most will reach that IMO

also they have droped in proce aswell by nearly 10pounds,lets hope they carry on by wednesday

15-07-2010, 00:28:12

yeah i hope aswell cause i want to get 2 of them when my old rig sells :)

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