The UK anti-games piracy movement is enjoying a major victory today with news that the London High Court has ruled that the importing, advertising or sale of R4 cards is now officially illegal in the UK.
UK games trade body ELSPA has welcomed the decision, which comes as a result against London-based retailer Playables Ltd, highlighting the role it played in the defining prosecution.
We are delighted with today’s decision to make the advertisement, importation and sale of R4 copier cards illegal,” ELSPA director general Michael Rawlinson stated.
The ELSPA Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Unit was central in bringing the defendants to the attention of law enforcement authorities. I am grateful to them and our partners at Nintendo and Trading Standards in securing this significant judgement.
Intellectual property theft is an important issue for the videogames industry, and this judgement will assist the IP Crime Unit team in actively pursuing and stopping other individuals who deal in R4 cards.”