Nintendo Wants Plug Pulled on Game Copier

     SEATTLE (CN) – Nintendo wants to shut down a Web site that sells “game copiers” that allow users to play pirated Nintendo DS video games. It sued Kevin Niu aka Kui Niu and his New York-based NXPGame Inc., claiming his game copiers mimic Nintendo DS game cards and violate copyright.

     “In connection with their sale, marketing and distribution of game copiers, defendants instruct users how to download material from the Internet, including directing users to third-party Web sites to download pirated Nintendo games, load the material into game copiers, and play the material on a Nintendo DS,” according to the federal complaint.
     Nintendo says its DS games “can take years and millions of dollars to develop” and that “game copiers are the most popular means for playing pirated games on the Nintendo DS.”
     Nintendo seeks statutory damages of $150,000 for infringement of each copyrighted work and $2 million for infringement of each Nintendo trademark.
     It is represented by Susan Fahringer with Perkins Coie.

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