Nintendo Asks U.S. Trade Representative to Help Fight Piracy

Posted by at 11:31 pm on February 25, 2009

Nintendo has outlined a list of countries around the globe that remain leaders in denying adequate and effective protection of video game products. In its annual comments to the U.S. Trade Representative under the “Special 301” process, Nintendo has singled out countries where piracy is rampant and has asked the United States to take further steps to combat it.  Nintendo’s filing listed  People’s Republic of China,  Republic of Korea,  Brazil,  Mexico,  Spain and  Paraguay as problem states.

Nintendo reports that piracy of its most popular products, the Nintendo DS and Wii systems, has increased during the year. Nintendo attributes this increase to the availability of circumvention devices, such as “game copiers” and “mod chips.” These devices skirt the product security embedded in Nintendo’s famous products and enable the play of illegal Nintendo software.

“It is important for parents to note that if users of circumvention devices are children, they may be exposed to unsuitable content downloaded from the Internet and played on their Nintendo systems,” said Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo of America’s senior director of anti-piracy.

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