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Aussie owes Nintendo a million dollars for copying ONE Nintendo game

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    A 24 year old gamer from Australia reportedly has to pay Nintendo 1.5 million Australian dollars because he copied and uploaded New Super Mario Bros. on Wii.

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    James Burt, 24 of Queensland in Australia is possibly regretting copying and then uploading New Super Mario Bros Wii. It's going to cost him $1.5 Australian dollars.

    The £850,000 equivalent will be paid by Burt of Sinnamon Park in Queensland following an out-of-court settlement to compensate the company for the loss of sales revenue, says the SMH.

    Burt made the ill-judged move last year, making the game available via download, a week before its official release in November.</blockquote>

    News Source: <A href="http://news.spong.com/article/20544/Aussie-Owes-Nintendo-a-Million-Bucks-for-Pirating-One-Game?via=rss" target="_blank">Spong</a>
     
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    a complete idiot. making the game available via download? again, a complete idiot. still unbelievable...
     
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    Seems a bit harsh, it's like they just wanted to bankrupt the person. It's not like Nintendo is ever going to see that money anyways.

    I wonder if you can just declare bankruptcy and just forgo it.
     
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    OWNED!!!

    Its a shame we lost one of our uploaders.....
     
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    We should all send him a £10 because we all know we were playing the game 1 week before it came out! lol
     
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    I know this is supposed to act as a deterrent but who has 1.5M dollars? Even in breaking the law we all make mistakes; most of the time these guys don't think they'll get caught. But 1.5M is harsh, considering the fact that no one truly knows the true economic impact of this kid's actions. Monitor or suspend his internet connection.
     
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    Actually when you do the math he got let off pretty light. Thats equal to about 20,000 copies. The "he's just a kid excuse" doesnt work...he's 24, took the game from work where he had early access and uploaded it a week before release. I dont see how we are supposed to feel sorry for him?
     
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    Like I said, there is no way to determine the economic impact on Nintendo by this guy uploading the game. How many people who downloaded it would have bought the game? There is no way of knowing that. How many people downloaded it and then bought it as a result of the download? We do not know. How many people were going to buy it but then decided not to because of the download? No one knows and will never know. If this is thievery, then why is there no prison sentence? If I get caught stealing a truck load of PS3s then I am going to prison. I never said feel sorry for the guy either, I said that 1.5M is harsh. An average person does not make that amount of money in a lifetime so how is he expected to pay 1.5M kiwis to Nintendo??
     
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    My guess is that he doesnt ever pay it back...most likely will have to declare bankrupcy but I will bet he will think twice about doing it again. Perhaps your right though, jail sentences would be a better alternative than financial ruin.
     
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    Murder or rape or maim someone --> 5 years. Then back to normal life.

    Upload 400 megabytes of data --> bankruptcy, ruined for life.

    It's all about perspective, and in this case, the lack of it.
     
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    That about sums it up, intellectual property is worth more than a life and some of the clones and drones around here and other forums will argue with you about these things.

    They probably believe piracy funds terrorism and that prices would be cheaper if it never happened....Twats.
     
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    It's a slippery slope arguing either side of this, especially when you bring in what Bubbleboy said. On one hand, BB is right, but then what is a company to do if they reduce the punishment? People will just copy stuff willy-nilly and they won't be able to do anything about it. On the other, it still is a shitty thing to do to a company because you just don't know who would have bought the game had it not been available. Ultimately, I think we need to just rework our criminal system so that people get more time for rape and murder than IP theft, because it's FAR more important to have a functioning society than to have a functioning corporation.
     
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    Poachers get less of a fine when poaching animals on the endangered species list...perhaps they should get fined 1.5M dollars and perhaps less people will poach. Either way, an endangered species is far more important than some damn intellectual property. If you infringe a copy right there should be consequences but I do not believe a 1.5M fine is the answer either. Cut his internet.
     
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    In Canada, if you declare bankrupcy, you're only screwed for 7 years and then after that you're clean.

    Honestly I take my hat off to the guy who leaked NSMB Wii in the name of FREEdom :D He may of taken one for the team but he sure provided the rest of us with great entertainment a week early. And besides, if he hadn't, someone else would have.
     
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    An asshole. There aren't other words to decribe him. World is in crisis and a person can afford to spend so much money. F*ck him!.:mad:
     
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    yeah, he ruined such a big title, and made ninty look like an ass for saying that it'd sell more than mw2.
    everyone around the world was downloading it, the money is just to make up for the would of been sales.
     
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    that's crap, but he fuked up.
     

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