Nintendo Wins Major Case Against Piracy
UK ISPs will be required to block access to offending sites.
Nintendo have won a major copyright case in the UK, with the high court ordering major USPs to block four websites responsible for pirating Switch games.
The ruling requires Sky, BT, EE, Talktalk and Virgin Media to ‘block or at least impede access’ to the sites, which distributed pirated Switch games and modified hardware, as well as providing people with information on how to mod their own consoles.
Nintendo had claimed that the websites had infringed on Nintendo trademarks, something the court agreed with. Speaking to Eurogamer, a Nintendo spokesperson said:
Today, the UK High Court found the sale and distribution of 'circumvention' devices for the Nintendo Switch unlawful. 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."
The body which represents the UK games industry also welcomed the ruling as it will help protect developers who would be left out of pocket by pirated games. UKIE spokesperson George Osborn said:
“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. As such UKIE fully supports the ruling and wishes to reiterate the strong stance of the UK video games industry against illegitimate operators.”
It takes a lot of effort to produce the games we all love playing, and it’s only right that developers and publishers are properly compensated for that work. It’s a good result for Nintendo, and for the industry as a whole.