€4.8 Million in Fines Issued Against Video Game "Pirates"

The Paris' Court of Appeals last week issued €4.8 million in fines against a half-dozen companies importing and selling devices that can be used on Nintendo platforms to play homebrew and pirated games, Electronic Theatre reports.

The report calls these devices "linkers" but says they're also know as R4 cards or Magicom. The court imposed more than 460,000 Euro in criminal fines, damages payable to Nintendo in excess of 4.8 million Euros and, in some instances, ordered suspended prison terms.

That last thing means: Do it again and you could go to prison.

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I suppose we should also fine all those companies who make DVD burners that allow people to copy and play pirated DVDs?