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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Pre-Release Pirate To Pay $1.5 Million In Damages

Pre-Release Pirate To Pay $1.5 Million In Damages

Pre-Release Pirate To Pay $1.5 Million In Damages

Added: Friday, February 12th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, pirate, damages
Nintendo, a multinational corporation from Japan has already grasped loads of publicity and love from the game lovers and it’s seems like its not going to be stopped. But the interesting thing about it just happened recently is that Nintendo has now turned its bully horns over a pirate. Yeah, it’s true. No? Let go through it little deep.


Uploading New Super Mario Bros. for Wii even before the actual official release date of Nintendo that is November 12, 2009 has turned to be a nightmare for a pirate James Burt, 24, from Queensland, Australia. He uploaded it on November 6, 2009. The Pirate, James has been charged for the damages as compensation for lost revenue caused by him by uploading the game. He has now made his mind to pay $1.5 million for it to Nintendo. In short, The Game is over for Burt.


James Burt

Burt committed this offence when he uploaded the game even before one week of the actual Australian release date. If he would have taken some permission for the distribution, then it may not happen but neither any agreement of the company was present with him nor any proof to distribute the stuff and eventually it was declared as an illegal distribution and a fine of $1.5 million has been charged to him for the offence.


The company took help of a forensic investigator to have a track down of Burt and finally they got success in that and declared him as a offender. According to the Nintendo's legal representatives Maddocks Lawyers in Melbourne, the game has already been downloaded thousands of times.

Burt got his way to go off from the scene by just a fine and he wasn’t dragged into courts otherwise he would have faced a damn charge. Nintendo has settled down on the agreement to fine Burt only $1.5 million for the damage and including $100,000 as court costs.

Company said, "Nintendo will pursue those who attempt to jeopardise our industry by using all means available to it under the law."

Rose Lappin, Managing Director of Nintendo Australia said, "It wasn't just an Australian issue, it was a global issue. There was thousands and thousands of downloads, at a major cost to us and the industry really. It's not just about us. It's about retailers and if they can't sell the games then they have to bear the costs associated with that. Once it's on the internet it's anyone's really."

According to Lappin, they have won the battle against piracy. "Piracy is massive and getting bigger and bigger but I think the courts are taking it more seriously now as you can see by this," she added.

Burt’s Father, Richard is upset because of this incident and expressed himself in a phone interview that if talking about commercial pirate, his son was far away from such things. "As a parent I can tell you that he's a very quiet lad, he's a fanatical computer game player - to his detriment. It was peer pressure on the internet forums and the blog sites that led him to do a very very silly thing to prove that he'd actually managed to purchase a game before its release date. It was certainly [done] with no malice or intent to make money - he actually bought the game legitimately from a major retailer," he said.

Burt could have protected him and gone unnoticed if he would have uploaded the game after the actual official release date. From where he would be able to pay $1.5 million?

February 12, 2010

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Date:  Friday, February 12th, 2010

Comments (13) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-02-12 11:42:46)
pro2kon avatarDAMN thats all I have to say tnanx for the article sam always good to read up on them

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-02-12 11:43:55)
Painless avatarHAHAHA

posted by (2010-02-12 11:53:41)
ViperRed avatarWow! We need to get a little more smarter and patent with these sort of things. Good luck to Burt.

posted by (2010-02-12 11:54:35)
boatee avatari hear james is working two shifts at mac'ers to pay his fine ,goodonya james you'll have it paid orf in no time.thx sam gr8 bit of info there.

posted by (2010-02-12 12:05:48)
No avatarI do not believe that he will pay much if any of it.

The Australian courts would not charge that much or I bet they made a deal that he saids he has to pay so much and they call off the case.

posted by (2010-02-12 19:34:25)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarlong live PIRATES !!!

posted by (2010-02-13 04:13:22)
Avius avatarONLY 1.5 million? Who the hell even says that????? "only" 1.5 million?! How the hell do they expect him to pay it off? And for just a lame mario game they charge someone that much. Ridiculous. I hope ALL their games get pirated for that. I doubt they would have made millions anyway.

posted by ET lover (2010-02-13 07:32:57)
ARKY1981 avatarhe will have 2 open his own torrent site and pay off his debt with the donations people give him :>

posted by (2010-02-13 09:25:25)
Avius avatarlol yeah, it will take his whole life and his great grandsons' lives to be able to pay off that debt. Maybe 'James Burt' the 15th will pay it off in hundreds of years. That kind of cash aint easy to come by, specially if your an average joe.

posted by Blocked (2010-02-13 12:17:28)
BBViking avatardoes it mean u have to atleast 1.5$ million before u become a pirate ;-)

posted by (2010-02-13 14:18:55)
corey6sic6 avatarMAN....this is what i call problem in the a s s!!...
how the hell is he gonna pay them now??.....i hope sambody help him...some rich guy..
good luck man...an next time,be smarter..

thnx for the post SAM

posted by (2010-02-13 18:38:15)
No avatargood post and good reading

posted by (2010-02-14 08:54:58)
Stayingtrue avatarWhat that's some bull ----! Thanks for the article

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