Hunting the pirates: Nintendo of Korea steps in… finally

Nintendo of Korea Co., Ltd. finally decided today to take legal actions for those who pirate the softwares, according to the Japanese version of Chosun Ilbo.

韓国任天堂、違法ソフトの取締り強化へ 2007/05/03

韓国任天堂の関係者は「韓国ゲーム産業振興院の要請で、韓国ゲーム市場が収益性ある市場に成長するために貢献しようという使命感を持ち韓国に進出した。しかしパソコンのパッケージゲームのケースと同様、分別のないソフト複製およびダウンロードなどの違法行為が増加している。このままでは収益性の悪化につながり、韓国ゲーム市場の発展を妨げる要因にもなりかねない」と話した。

Nintendo of Korea has entered to South Korea due to the request from KOGIA:Korea Game Industry Agency with a mission to contribute the development of a profitable market in South Korea. However, pirated softwares and illegal downloads have been increasingly popular. This could lead to low profitability and ruin the development of a game software market in South Korea.

According to the “USTR – SPECIAL 301 Report” released last month, South Korea is one of the “Watch List” countries regarding the intellectual property protection.

[update]
English version of the article which omits the detail.

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