Wonderful news, Nintendo brings great justice

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (35084 posts) -

As someone who legitimately buys games, and has the incredible superhero ability to "not steal it", if it isn't to my liking, this comes as wonderful news. It may not stop these thieves, but it will at least hamper them.

Nintendo wins UK high court case to block piracy websites

UK internet providers must block access to websites which enable Switch game piracy, Nintendo has successfully argued in court.

The injunction requires five major UK ISPs - Sky, BT, EE, Talktalk and Virgin Media - to "block, or at least impede access" to four websites which help distribute pirated Switch games, modified hardware, or provide information on how to mod consoles for piracy reasons.

Nintendo has already taken steps to close the loophole used to install custom firmware, though in its claim said it was aware of ongoing attempts to hack the console's current system software.

The UK high court upheld Nintendo's claims that the listed websites had infringed on Nintendo trademarks, specifically targeted consumers in the UK and that there was no legal defence for modification of Switch hardware to enable piracy.

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#2 Posted by Archangel3371 (28554 posts) -

Good. Nothing wrong with that. 👍

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#3 Posted by TJDMHEM (2163 posts) -

This is great news

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#4 Posted by pyro1245 (5264 posts) -

Won't somebody think of the home brew scene!?!

....Eh it'll be fine

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#5 Edited by uninspiredcup (35084 posts) -

Migrate to PC.

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#6 Edited by Sancho_Panzer (872 posts) -

websites which

1) help distribute pirated Switch games,

2) modified hardware,

3) or provide information on how to mod consoles for piracy reasons.

1) "help distribute" is kind of vague

2) this is way overboard

3) Not a fan of blocking purely informational content in 99% of cases

I'm really not keen on this. I feel like copyright infringement is a matter for the companies concerned and there are existing legal channels to deal with this kind of stuff. This is a bit too close to corporate dictated censorship of mass communication.

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#7 Posted by Speeny (1983 posts) -

Good news.

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#8 Edited by MirkoS77 (14471 posts) -

Since when is censorship of information to be good news? There’s a big difference between providing information (which does not break the law) and acting upon it, which does.

This is an incredibly dangerous slope to go down in principle. There’s a hell of a lot of information and ideology I vehemently disagree with on the web, but I’ll never advocate for its removal or blockage. That’s nuts.

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#9 Edited by mrbojangles25 (44414 posts) -

I'm against piracy, but not at the expense of freedom to create, express one's self, and so on.

If people want to mod their hardware--be it car, computer, handheld console, or anything else--they should be allowed to do so.

And above all else, I don't like information being blocked simply to protect powerful, huge corporations from, for all intents and purposes, powerless individuals.

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#10 Posted by WitIsWisdom (5370 posts) -

lol.. those getting upset that they can't get pirated copies or make their own quite as easy. There is a difference between modding your car or something like that as opposed to modding a console with the specific goal in mind to pirate software. Not that I care about the older stuff mind... I just find it funny to try and compare the two.

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#11 Posted by SaltSlasher (1318 posts) -

I believe in archiving games. Cause all those companies didn't give a shit to keep copies, its just business and many go under and shit lost to ages, If it wasn't for the work of archivists to put shit together, we would lose so much history.

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#12 Posted by lamprey263 (36212 posts) -

Great, I can now buy classic games the moment Nintendo lists them to their eShop VC... whenever that happens, probably not for decades.

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#14 Posted by briguyb13 (3168 posts) -

Edge Lords won't be happy about this...

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#15 Edited by Ten_Pints (3914 posts) -

So you don't own the hardware you bought then?

You should be able to do what you want to it, the only thing that is illegal is copyright infringement.

For example I hacked my ps3 and used it as a media player for years, that is not illegal in any way. I also run games over a network that I already owned because it was faster than the internal drive and BR drive, games like motorstorm run 10x better doing that, that is also not illegal.

**** Nintendo telling you how you can use your own hardware.

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#16 Posted by nintendoboy16 (36593 posts) -
@briguyb13 said:

Edge Lords won't be happy about this...

Boy does this thread prove it.

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#17 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (872 posts) -

Oop, here come the Nintendo-bendover-boys, queuing up to present as usual.

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#18 Edited by Litchie (24348 posts) -

Good for Nintendo. Not sure how it's good for us.

Will they use their dormant IPs, give us a proper VC, and make their games work online now?

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#19 Posted by Fedor (5357 posts) -

Nintendo shills are hilarious.

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#20 Edited by marley7game (37 posts) -

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#21 Posted by nintendoboy16 (36593 posts) -

I can't wait for the rage on this one: NoA is now targeting ANOTHER pirate site.

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#22 Edited by JustPlainLucas (79395 posts) -

Isn't this akin to killing cockroaches? Aren't they off-setting loss prevention from piracy by actually fighting piracy? Wouldn't it be better to, I dunno... put their entire Virtual Console catalogue back on the Switch, so we can start buying Clu Clu Land at 5 dollars again?

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#23 Posted by nintendoboy16 (36593 posts) -

I swear, what if a company (Nintendo or otherwise) sues a pirate site linked to organized crime (Italian Mafia/Russian Mafia/Chinese Triads/Japanese Yakuza/Irish Mob)?

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#24 Posted by freedomfreak (51274 posts) -

Still got my rom archives, Nintendo.

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#25 Posted by cainetao11 (36848 posts) -

good for them

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#26 Edited by sakaiXx (6087 posts) -

Rise my fellow pirates, rise to greater heights

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#27 Posted by Litchie (24348 posts) -
@JustPlainLucas said:

Isn't this akin to killing cockroaches? Aren't they off-setting loss prevention from piracy by actually fighting piracy? Wouldn't it be better to, I dunno... put their entire Virtual Console catalogue back on the Switch, so we can start buying Clu Clu Land at 5 dollars again?

Speaking of VC, that would be better indeed. As long as Nintendo keeps their legacy games to themselves and don't offer their fans any way to play or purchase them, I hope pirates and their roms prosper. If Nintendo doesn't care to give their fans with money ready access to their shit, I'm glad there are pirates who do.

I could wait for years hoping they put the specific NES or SNES game I want to play on Switch Online sometime in the future. Or I could just play it now elsewhere. Not the hardest decision to make.

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#28 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (8604 posts) -

A lot of bootlickers in this thread.

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#29 Posted by DaVillain- (38156 posts) -

@93BlackHawk93 said:

A lot of bootlickers in this thread.

93BlackHawk93 has been spotted! Nice to see you have return.

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#30 Posted by Ant_17 (12908 posts) -

Good luck with that.

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#31 Posted by DaVillain- (38156 posts) -

@sakaixx said:

Rise my fellow pirates, rise to greater heights

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#32 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (872 posts) -

@nintendoboy16 said:

I can't wait for the rage on this one: NoA is now targeting ANOTHER pirate site.

This is the way it should be done - Nintendo addressing the problem at source, through the courts. What they shouldn't be doing is pressing foreign governments to use national resources to block access to chunks of the internet from its own citizens over civil law complaints.

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#33 Edited by uninspiredcup (35084 posts) -

@nintendoboy16 said:

I swear, what if a company (Nintendo or otherwise) sues a pirate site linked to organized crime (Italian Mafia/Russian Mafia/Chinese Triads/Japanese Yakuza/Irish Mob)?

A true point. A lot of these sites have links to more neferous stuff, with the sites themselves acting as attempted criminal acts on the users frequenting them.

Nintendo are nice guys barring the whole forced imprisonment and animals fighting for sport aimed at children stuff.

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#34 Posted by Fedor (5357 posts) -

Already have all their legacy games on a HDD. Too late ninty.

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#35 Posted by JustPlainLucas (79395 posts) -

@Litchie said:
@JustPlainLucas said:

Isn't this akin to killing cockroaches? Aren't they off-setting loss prevention from piracy by actually fighting piracy? Wouldn't it be better to, I dunno... put their entire Virtual Console catalogue back on the Switch, so we can start buying Clu Clu Land at 5 dollars again?

Speaking of VC, that would be better indeed. As long as Nintendo keeps their legacy games to themselves and don't offer their fans any way to play or purchase them, I hope pirates and their roms prosper. If Nintendo doesn't care to give their fans with money ready access to their shit, I'm glad there are pirates who do.

I could wait for years hoping they put the specific NES or SNES game I want to play on Switch Online sometime in the future. Or I could just play it now elsewhere. Not the hardest decision to make.

You know, I used to be strongly against piracy, but considering how stingy Nintendo has been, not just with their legacy games, I honestly don't blame people for pirating them. I'd go so far as to say they created this problem.

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#36 Posted by AJStyles (1104 posts) -

I am against pirating new games or games readily available.

But I support pirating for any game that is virtually impossible to find or not on sale. I don’t see the issue. No one is losing money.

If Nintendo and other companies refuse to sell their old games for whatever reason, then it is fair game in my eyes.

I would gladly pay money to Nintendo to play Pokémon Yellow on my iPhone, but they don’t have it available. So until then, I’ll do it for free.

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#37 Posted by Coolyfett (6100 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

Great, I can now buy classic games the moment Nintendo lists them to their eShop VC... whenever that happens, probably not for decades.

Thats the key. Maybe Nintendo hire these sites and use them to find out WHAT should be on their eshop. If people could get the games legally they probably would. If anyone is getting is downloading games for free and the games are available on the eShop than yest Nintendo should go at them full force.