U.S. News | Nintendo Wins U.K. High Court Case to Block Piracy Websites

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Nintendo has argued successfully in the U.K High court that U.K. internet providers must block access to websites which enable Switch game piracy causing trademark infringement.

According to the lawsuit, Nintendo seeks an injunction on five major UK ISPs – Sky, BT, EE, Talktalk and Virgin Media to impede access to four websites which help distribute pirated Switch games, modified hardware, or provide information on how to mod consoles for piracy reasons.

Following the argument, Nintendo has taken a giant step already in closing the access used in installing custom firmware allegedly attempted to hack the console’s current system software.

The UK high court upheld Nintendo’s claims that the listed websites had infringed on Nintendo trademarks, specifically targeted consumers in the U.K. and that there was no legal defense for modification of Switch hardware to enable piracy.

Nintendo spokesperson reportedly said that:

“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.”

In reaction, U.K. video games industry body (UKIE) is thrilled with the decision as the UKIE spokesperson George Osborn reportedly said that:

“These circumvention devices, which enable the use of unauthorized copies of video games, jeopardize 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.

“The case represents one of multiple industry endeavors to prevent bad actors from infringing upon and exploiting the intellectual property rights associated with games.”

This is a big win to Nintendo.

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