Nintendo Wins Court Case To Block Switch Piracy Sites

Recently, Nintendo had a UK ruling go in their favor after going to the High Court to seek protection from websites that promote piracy as it relates to the Switch console.

According to Eurogamer, Sky, EE, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, and BT will all be made to block or impede access to four websites that enable individuals to circumvent normal procedures when it comes to obtaining games.

The court ruled that there was no legal defense to modifying the Switch for the purpose of piracy and sided with Nintendo in its claims of the sites in question being in breach of its trademarks.

A company spokesperson told the aforementioned publication that Nintendo is very happy with the decision, adding that it will protect the gaming industry in the UK, as well as the 1,800 developers who work hard to create games and rely upon legitimate sales of titles for their livelihood.

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"Today, the UK High Court found the sale and distribution of 'circumvention' devices for the Nintendo Switch unlawful," the spokesperson said. "Nintendo is pleased that the UK High Court has confirmed that dealing in devices or software that enable piracy on Nintendo Switch systems is unlawful.

"This decision will help protect the UK games industry and the more than 1800 developers worldwide that create games for the Nintendo Switch platform, and who rely on legitimate sales of games for their livelihood and to keep bringing quality content to gamers."

UKIE, the trade body for games in the UK, has also welcomed the ruling, which they say is a step in the right direction when it comes to restricting access to persons who are looking to exploit the industry and infringe upon its principles.

"These circumvention devices, which enable the use of unauthorised copies of video games, jeopardise the businesses of those who uphold and rely upon the sales of legitimate products," UKIE communications chief George Osborn said.

"As such UKIE fully supports the ruling and wishes to reiterate the strong stance of the UK video games industry against illegitimate operators.

"The case represents one of multiple industry endeavours to prevent bad actors from infringing upon and exploiting the intellectual property rights associated with games."

The UK normally takes a hard stance when it comes to the illegitimate acquisition of products, whether it be games or television programming. Persons have been prosecuted for the sales of devices such as android boxes that allow residents access to channels they would otherwise have to pay for.

As such, the decision comes as no surprise and developers could be all the better for it.

Source: Eurogamer

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