Nintendo speaks out against mod chips
Perhaps you are not familiar with mod chips, but nevertheless we would like to draw your attention to some important information.
Modification microchips (mod chips) circumvent the security embedded into Nintendo’s products. To install a mod chip into a Nintendo hardware system, it is necessary to dismantle the product and, in some instances, remove components.
The use of mod chips voids the manufacturer’s warranty. In addition, the installation of a mod chip can damage the functionality of a Nintendo console, sometimes rendering it incapable of repair. Mod chips have been adjudicated to be illegal in various countries around the world, including the Unites States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Most European countries have also already adopted laws prohibiting the circumvention of technological measures for copyright protection. People caught installing or selling mod chips may be subject to criminal charges.
This is hot off the heals of Nintendo coming out stronger against piracy in China:
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has filed for formal consultations with China regarding its failure to meet World Trade Organization obligations concerning intellectual property protection and enforcement in China.
Following the filing, Nintendo of America issued a statement offering Ã¢â‚¬Å“strong supportÃ¢â‚¬? for the office’s actions. Nintendo points out that more than 7.7 million counterfeit video game products from more than 300 Chinese factories and retailers have been seized during the past four years.
According to Nintendo, China has continued to be the leading production site and exporter for counterfeit Nintendo products, and has the largest domestic consumption, and in 2006 alone the company estimates that the overall industry lost $762 million due to piracy.
Commented Nintendo in a statement: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Despite the millions of counterfeit Nintendo products seized from retailers and manufacturing plants in China through the years, there has only been one criminal prosecution. Numerous factories, where tens of thousands of counterfeit Nintendo products were seized, escaped with only trivial fines or no penalty at all. And often these production sites continue to operate after products are seized. In order to avoid punishment, many counterfeiters are sophisticated and keep stock levels below the criminal thresholds and avoid keeping sales records.Ã¢â‚¬?