Nintendo Wants US Government To Fight Piracy

Nintendo has asked the US Government to step in and put pressure on foreign countries to fight against piracy, in a letter to the Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation, Nintendo asked that more pressure be put on countries such as Brazil and Spain among others, here is a pie showing the countries most involved in the piracy of Nintendo games:

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Here is a quote from the letter:

Nintendo of America Inc. (Nintendo) submits this letter in response to the “Request for Written Submissions From the Public,” which appeared in the January 3, 2014 Federal Register. In that notice, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requested comments pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242), known as “Special 301,” on “countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection.”

Nintendo has provided information to the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which is included in the filing of that organization. Nintendo is associated with the IIPA through its membership in the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). This letter provides more detailed information on piracy of Nintendo video game products, with an emphasis on Internet piracy, along with Nintendo’s Special 301 placement recommendations.

Nintendo, its publishers and developers, are injured by the prevalence and ease of illegal online distribution, as well as the continued manufacture, assembly, distribution, import, export and sale of counterfeit Nintendo video game products and illegal circumvention devices across the globe. In the past few years, the scope of online piracy for Nintendo has grown dramatically. Every month tens of thousands of illegal Nintendo game files are detected on the Internet. The legal environment to limit the flow of these files remains extremely challenging.

Theft of Nintendo’s video games illegally shared over the Internet impacts all who create, develop, market and sell video games for the Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family of handheld systems. Surging Internet piracy continues to result in lost sales, lost jobs,
lost taxes for local, state and national governments, as well as the loss of incentives to create and innovate.

Despite the operation of Nintendo’s anti-piracy programs in over 40 countries, worldwide piracy of Nintendo video game products remains a chronic problem resulting in huge losses. Special 301 has proven to be a highly effective tool in highlighting those countries that do not provide adequate protection of copyrights and trademarks.

To read the full letter, download the PDF here.