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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  • I don’t agree with this decision. Only those caught using their R4 for illegal purposes should be considered criminal. The only way an importer/seller of the devices should be considered a criminal is if they advertise the devices as a way to play games illegally.

    When/Why did we start letting the Imaginary Property Brigade assist in the arrest of individuals? The ELSPA is not a law enforcement agency of any government. They should not be brought on arrest raids. This gives the perception that the police are mercs for the private industry instead of acting as agents of an independent and neutral government.

    It has never been good for a country for the government to lose its neutrality in the eyes of the populace. When the people stop trusting the government they stop cooperating with the government. On the small scale it leads to neighborhoods where people will not talk to the police when murders happen (Just look at any poor neighborhood in a large city). On the large scale it leads to revolution (Almost any country in S.America or Africa can be used as an example). And while Britain is far from revolution now, it needs to act or the next generation will be one step closer to it.

  • bandsxbands

    I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our society, and I can say with 99% certainty that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside… I just hope that as memory gets less expensive, the possibility of copying our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s one of the things I really wish I could encounter in my lifetime.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running R4 SDHC DS SerVo)

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