Yun Can Meng has plead guilty to importing over 26,000 R4DS cartridges into the UK, and has now received sentencing according to GamePolitics. His sentence of 12 months seems rather steep for importation of a device that isn’t necessarily used for piracy. The R4 is often used illegally for the purpose of downloading ROMs and playing them on the Nintendo DS; however, it does have other functions including allowing for homebrew gameplay and turning the DS into an MP3 player. But these uses arguably still violate the user agreement, unless you ask the French courts.
The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association Director General Michael Ralinson on the sentencing: “Our crime unit is pleased with the outcome of this trial and pleased to see the Court of Appeal’s copyright judgement is being robustly enforced. Intellectual property (IP) theft is an important issue for the country’s videogames industry – as is protecting it.”
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