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UK retailer offering ROM-based retro game cartridges

Funstock has announced a range of (legally dubious) retro games cartridges that work with original console hardware. It offers products for Sega’s Mega Drive, GameGear and Master System as well as Nintendo’s N64, SNES and NES, and the PC Engine. It works by allowing users to download ROMs onto a …

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European Court validates pre-owned, gives nod to digital resale

Publisher’s hopes of illegalising the sale of pre-owned software have been dashed after the European Court of Justice ruled that the practice is legitimate. It has also ruled that consumers have the right to re-sell their digital purchases, The ruling is not binding but is designed to be used for …

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Facebook Credits might be illegal

US attorneys have warned that Facebook Credits may be in violation of America’s antitrust laws. The Credits have been mandatory for any games developed on the platform since July. Previously, developers were allowed to use their own virtual currencies. Attorneys Derek Newman and Brian Strange claim that making Credits mandator …

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Pirate Bay could face UK block

Infamous BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay could be completely blocked in the UK following a ruling from the High Court. It is now a matter of law that the site is illegal, and that those who operate it do so illegally. It will be decided at a further hearing in …

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Police threatens file sharers with ten-year imprisonment

The Serious Organised Crime Agency has closed down music website RnBXclusive.com and says those who used it could be fined and imprisoned. SOCA threatened users with an ‘unlimited’ fine and up to ten years imprisonment as it claimed the music site shared files that were ‘stolen from the artists’, resulting …

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Comet fights back in Microsoft dispute

Retailer Comet has pledged to fight its corner in the dispute with Microsoft over the manufacturing of 94k Windows recovery discs. Yesterday MCV reported that Microsoft was suing Comet for producing what it claimed were thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs” that it then supplied to unsuspecting customers in the UK”. …

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Comet accused of selling counterfeit Windows copies

Big box retailer Comet is being taken to court by Microsoft following accusations that it has been selling illegal copies of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Microsoft alleges that Comet produced over 94,000 illegal copies of Windows recovery discs. As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold …

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Battlefield 3 appears on torrent sites

As is sadly quite often the case before a big new release nowadays, the release of EA’s Battlefield 3 has been sullied by the game’s arrival on illegal torrent sites. A 9.96GB download is already doing the rounds that allows pirates complete access to the game’s single player mode on …

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French courts illegalise console piracy

The Court of Appeal in France has followed the UK’s lead in effectively illegalising the sale of the DS piracy device R4. Six companies failed in their appeal against their conviction for selling the R4, meaning that as is the case in the UK legal precedent has now outlawed the …

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Five nations named as key P2P culprits

A new report from US trade body the Entertainment Software Association has pointed the finger at five nations which it says account for over half of the world’s illegal internet game file-sharing. Citing a report filed by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, 54 per cent of illegal games content – …

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