Canadian Court Awards Nintendo $12.76 Million In Damages In Precedent-Setting Case

A Canadian federal court ruled in favor of Nintendo of America Inc. in its case against Jeramie King and his affiliated business, Go Cyber Shopping Ltd. The case confirms that the distribution of circumvention devices – “flashcarts,” “modchips” and “game copiers” such as Sky3DS, Gateway 3DS and similar devices – is illegal. In a strong rebuke to the defendant’s activities, the court awarded Nintendo $12.76 million (CAD) against Go Cyber Shopping Ltd., including $1 million in punitive damages. The case is the first of its kind to test the Canadian Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention law and resulted in a resounding win for Nintendo.

Through a storefront and multiple websites that he controlled, King was a prolific distributor of large quantities of game copier devices and modchips, and also offered hardware-modification services. Game copiers and modchips enable users to circumvent Nintendo’s console security to download and play illegal copies of video game software in violation of Nintendo’s copyrights and trademarks. After years of routinely boasting of his activities on social media, King will now be forced to issue an apology on his website for the damage that he caused to Nintendo, its developers and partners.

“Nintendo continues to be a leader in bringing innovative gaming platforms and software to our fans and millions of gamers across the globe,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “Nintendo has an established track record that demonstrates our resolve to protect our iconic characters and franchises. We will continue to protect the creative works of our developers and vigorously enforce our intellectual property rights against those that attempt to steal or misuse them.”

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18 thoughts on “Canadian Court Awards Nintendo $12.76 Million In Damages In Precedent-Setting Case

    1. Good for you. You now have a device that could easily brick your console and won’t get any more updates. I don’t get why people eager to brag about theft and piracy. Anyone can do it. It’s more impressive to choose to do the right thing when it’s easy to the opposite is readily available.

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    2. ||Your picture has been saved and sent to Nintendo, it’s only a matter of time before they get it and destroy you…||

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  1. His business seems to be highly suspect,but I hope this won’t cut into the modding community for retro consoles. That’s such a great scene that Nintendo should be promoting as strong marketing for their current titles.

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    1. I doubt it. Nintendo doesn’t go after stuff like this unless it’s for products they still produce. They could easily go after sights like coolroms and emu paradise or even people like Krikzz, Ikari and Game Tech US but they don’t seem to care about that kind of stuff. While there are many devices that promote piracy to some extent, I’d argue that not all are bad. It comes down to how you use them and how they are distributed,

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    2. I’m sure if they don’t flaunt what they are doing to ensure it grasps Nintendo’s attention, they’re probably ok for now.

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  2. Good. Pay for your stuff. The company paid to make the game, it’s only fair that you pay for the right to play it. People like this ruin the hobby for everyone. The flashcart industry and exploits did a lot of financial damage during the Wii/DS era.

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      1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!} says:

        Imagine if Universal won that? It would have been open season on anyone trying to make a fictional character that was also an ape. IN fact, anyone trying to make a character that was similar to another because they were the same species would have been fucked over & sued because they dared to have a character be a mouse when Disney had Mickey Mouse first! @.@

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