Video game pirate sentenced to a year in prison

"Intellectual property theft is an important issue for the country’s video games industry – as is protecting it," said Michael Rawlinson, Director General of Entertainment and Leisure Software Publisher Association (ELSPA). "We will continue to work with the authorities to prosecute organised IP theft offenders.”

Authorities may only be tackling the bigger offenders, but Comcast or other internet service providers (ISP) may step in at some point as well. ISPs have already teamed up with the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America to send customers warning letters if they are caught downloading movies or music illegally. Game publishers may end up doing the same.

Software pirates, beware! A UK man was sentenced to 12 months of jail time for importing and planning to resell 26,500 R4 cartridges, which allow Nintendo DS owners to play illegally downloaded games. While it is safe to say that gamers who use R4 cartridges for piracy use a few less than the aforementioned offender, gamers should take notice as it shows an increased effort to crack down on software pirates.

Planning on importing a few thousand R4 cartridges? You might want to rethink that purchase.

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