View Full Version : Pirated Video Games Help Fund Terrorism

Lord Malakite
02-14-2003, 08:01 PM
Days after announcing successful raids on pirate facilities in Asia, Nintendo has revealed that it's currently seeking help from the United States trade representative in Washington DC to aid in the fight against companies selling pirated software and devices in China, Paraguay, and Mexico. Nintendo is asking the Chinese government to prosecute those that engage in any pirating activities. In Paraguay, video game piracy has been linked to financing of the terrorist organization known as Hezbollah, and the country has fought to get the Memorandum of Understanding (that was originally approved in 1998) renewed. Meanwhile in Mexico, Nintendo is calling for stricter customs controls so that offenders are penalized for attempting to sell pirated material.
"China remains the world's principal site for manufacturing of pirated cartridge-based video games, and Paraguay is a major transshipment point for regional distribution of pirated goods in the Western Hemisphere," explains Jodi Daugherty, director of antipiracy at Nintendo of America. "In Mexico, Nintendo has been battling with a pirate over its famous Game Boy trademark for 10 years."

02-14-2003, 10:42 PM
Amazing, isn't it, how everything "bad" suddenly funds terrorsim?
I remember as a kid growing up, they told us not to do "drugs" because they can kill you, now you shouldn't do them because they fund terrorists. And didn't they say something similar about S.U.V.'s a little while back? I don't know, maybe pirtaed video games do fund terrorists, what do you think?

James Boba Fettfield
02-14-2003, 10:56 PM
The money has to come from some where.

02-15-2003, 12:57 PM
Yeah, when you're a half dead company looking to get the taxpayers to enforce your rights, why not take advantage of the terrorism fear? Sure beats investing in technology to make the games secure.