Nintendo DS R4 Card Now Illegal In UK Page: 1

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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