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Man Sentenced Over Pirated DS Games

Posted by Brad Long

30 months prison and a whopping big fine

Captain Jack Sparrow's popularity proves that everybody loves a good pirate, but not when they're stealing money from hard working developers and gaming companies.

A 38 year old man was found guilty of breaking Copyright Law by the Kyoto District Court on Monday for using the internet to distribute pirated software for the Nintendo DS.

Yoshiaki Asagiri was sentenced to spend two and a half years in prison, and a total of 9.13 million yen in fines and damages - a total of over $96,000 USD. Ouch!

According to the ruling, by Judge Junichi Tochigi, Asagiri distributed pirated DS software online over July and August last year. Said the Judge:

You trampled over the hard work of those copyright holders who paid the costs of producing these works and caused a great deal of damage.

This is still a big issue in a lot of countries, and always will be - pirated software is still being bought by the millions, so it's good to see people like Asagiri get exactly what they deserve.

[via mdn.mainichi.jp]

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User Comments (217)

Xiao_Pai

#2

Xiao_Pai said:

The old man judge picture scares me, lol...
EDIT: Hah, fir-...dammit Twilight! XD

Chunky_Droid

#4

Chunky_Droid said:

Thanks TwilightV, it always brings a smile to my face when I see a pirate like this get his just desserts!

WiiGuy

#7

WiiGuy said:

@BB Thrilla
It does look like him xD

It's good that they are tracking down these people.
Devs work hard and pay alot for a game to be published.

SonicMaster

#8

SonicMaster said:

When I read the first part, for a sec I thought it was talking about the former user Captain Jack Sparrow. :P

Buster13

#10

Buster13 said:

Only wish I could hear that jailroom conversation.

"So what you in for? I robbed a bank and I killed seven people."
"I set fire to an aparment complex. Killed 50. What about you new guy?"
"I illegally copied video games and sold unofficial copies to the unsespecting public.."
"..."

Chunky_Droid

#11

Chunky_Droid said:

In other news, I have not seen a person act like Tingle so accurately no matter what he talks about as well as SUPERZELDAMAN.

ASDFGHJKL

#12

ASDFGHJKL said:

Me: Hello Mr. Scary Judge, wanna be my friend? :)
Mr. Scary J: NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me: runs away in terror
Mr. Scary J: You looked into my eyes, I shall haunt you eternally!
Me: That means were friends? :)
Mr. Scary J: No
Me: Want some pudding?
Mr. Scary J: Yes, the pudding of your doom.

emiru69

#13

emiru69 said:

@BB Thrilla
hahaha you are right, it look like his secret twin brother.
About the news, I think he deserves it. Meaning stealing is stealing.

warioswoods

#15

warioswoods said:

@11

Ha! You're right, I hope he never changes that avatar. (Also, someone broke the forums again)

Knux

#18

Knux said:

What has happened to the forums!? Is Nintendo Life falling apart!?

Knux

#19

Knux said:

They should hire an extra technical director to help Ant. There is only so much that one person can do.

Egg_miester

#20

Egg_miester said:

the japanese take there games seriously i guess i feel no pitty for a guy that dares sell pirated ds games, they should have given him a old public decaption to make a point

thaneds

#21

thaneds said:

exactly, atleast they are getting to do the time for the crime... sadly it may never be caught on all...

Metang

#22

Metang said:

O.O I didn't create that complaining thread, Aquateen did!

What's going on?

bubby323

#30

bubby323 said:

when will the forums b fixed this is killing me i LOVE the forums and am VERY bored waiting for the DSi Facebook Update...

Slapshot

#31

Slapshot said:

About time people are gettin nailed. Hopefully they will start busting all the pirates on ebay.

TwilightV

#33

TwilightV said:

I'm all for piracy, except when it comes to game piracy. Those guys can burn at the stake for all I care.

Did I mention i'm going to be the Pirate King? >:3

Starwolf_UK

#34

Starwolf_UK said:

"I put pirated video games on the internet for people to download illegally."
Erm from the article I read it could well be:
"I arranged a factory in China to re-produce popular DS games for me to sell as the real thing"
The problem is the details are very vauge and not always translated correctly for instance " Chinese woman" refers to a woman living in China (they may not even be Chinese).

Still in a way it is a shame the only cases we get over here are people selling R4s with gamez bundled and people using peer to peer (thus distributing) to download music then being too dumb to accept the out of court fee and getting unpayable fines thorwn at them in a court room.

Bootlegs should be the number one target of the industry then tackle everything else.

Xkhaoz

#35

Xkhaoz said:

That picture makes me think that there's a spot on my shirt.
EDIT: What's up with the forums?

Machu

#38

Machu said:

This will be remembered as 'Black Monday'.

Come on, which one of you lot broke Nintendo Life. :P

EDIT: ooops, forgot there was a topic here, erm... mass piracy is bad!

Supermarioman

#39

Supermarioman said:

NESGamerpro, your right about it killing music and probably ruining hundreds if not thousands of lives at the same time and will Nintendo Life put up something explaining the forums.

ASDFGHJKL

#40

ASDFGHJKL said:

Maybe they say should change the title to: Guy busted for Ds piracy, but more importantly, our forums are down and Mr. Scary Judge wants the pudding of your doom!

Knux

#41

Knux said:

If it the forums do not come back up soon, I guess we will be moving to another forums website...

Knux

#42

Knux said:

Hey guys, Corbie just told me why the forums have crashed. Nintendo Life's server cannot handle the user traffic anymore, so they are moving Nintendo Life to a new server. But, the website is SO BIG, it is going to take awhile. I guess this will be an unofficial topic until Nintendo Life's forums are back up.

Roopa132

#46

Roopa132 said:

I'm fine. What about you VGP?

I think this'll be the most off-topic news commet section ever since the forums are down :P

CorbsAdmin

#47

Corbs said:

You guys are funny. They're working on it now. It will be back soon. We're just trying to get everyone banned that we don't currently like. There were a lot more than we thought. :P

VGM

#49

VGM said:

Tomorrows my Birthday but I celebrated it on Saturday I got an awesome Laptop. Two Words:Amazing Birthday. :)

CanisWolfred

#51

CanisWolfred said:

Thanks for taking the fodder for us, SuperSonic.:) I guess I'll stick with real strip poker then.:P

CorbsAdmin

#56

Corbs said:

I haven't tried out Sexy Poker yet. I did grab the Art Style game to give it a go. I've been busy working on Game Boy reviews and game pages and admin stuff, so no Nintendo Download reviews for me this week.

Knux

#57

Knux said:

The reason Sexy Poker is so horrible is because it has no replay value whatsoever. You can complete the main game in about a hour or less if you are really good at poker. All the girls look like anime girls! I'm going to review this game on my blog, so keep an eye out on my blog. I did bought Tecmo Bowl [VCA] and Overturn.

Machu

#59

Machu said:

Hey dudes, do me a favor and keep Nintendo Life down.

Only joking, good luck with the migration guys. :) Yay!

nintendoduffin

#62

nintendoduffin said:

Was he actually making money from this? If so then the sentence is justified but otherwise I feel it's a bit harsh and while I cannot condone piracy to call it evil is a bit over the top.
Also, in what way has piracy killed music? Since the advent of peer to peer file transfers people have been exposed to music that they wouldn't have heard otherwise and studies have shown music downloaders on average buy more albums. Plus artists make most of their money from touring and merchandising rather than record sales as the main chunk of that money goes to record labels who (indie labels excluded) don't care about music at all but just about making money. I'm not using the music example to condone what this guy has done in any way, I'm just saying that it annoys me both as a music fan and a musician when people say piracy harms music.

Supermarioman

#64

Supermarioman said:

So Corbie are we going to be loosing several of our members? Also are you going to delete half of the forums cause of being duplicates? I was going over Community Rules again and noticed that multiple forums was something you all didn't want on the site. Finally are you warning people before banning them?

CorbsAdmin

#67

Corbs said:

I was only kidding about the banning. :D We're just trying to make the site better and faster. We'll have the forums back on soon.

Supermarioman

#69

Supermarioman said:

Oh Corbie you had me scared about getting banned for making forums that may already exist. Are you all posiibly putting in the user reviews by anychance :)

Slapshot

#70

Slapshot said:

@Corbie..... good deal. Im not complaining or anything but the last couple of days the Forums have been crashing out on me for some reason. Guess it wasn't my computer after all. Lovin the GB reviews though. Keep it up guys.

Twilight_Crow

#71

Twilight_Crow said:

Well, the companies have the right to punish those pirates, they're robbing them after all.

Oooh, so that is what happened to the forums. No hurries, just get it right. :)

@VGP
Oh! Really, I celebrated my birthday last saturday too ;), but I only got: a "real" size stuffed Bulbasaur, the first Resident Evil novel book, and half of Klonoa (I paid $27 of its $45 price tag), I'm envying you know grrr :P.

warioswoods

#75

warioswoods said:

Better get those forums up again, or I'll have to start embedding my Wii Music videos right here.

For most of you, that'd be comparable to being forced to watch someone's vacation slides.

bubby323

#77

bubby323 said:

ok so quick question since everybody is here where is the updated Opera Web Browser for the DSi it's not in the shop?! wasnt it supposed to come with the update or something?!

y2josh

#79

y2josh said:

I shouldn't be worried about the forums while I'm at work, but I sure miss em :)

minial100

#80

minial100 said:

@Xkhoaz: That's because I took them all! MWAHAHAHA!!! I'm sad about the forums... I went there looking for a good topic and saw... JIBBERISH!!! I gasped once again and went back to watching Corner Gas again.

Blue_Protoman

#84

Blue_Protoman said:

Forum withdrawal! Chuck Norris is God! I don't like football! And I have a Sega! But which one???

Dicesukeinuzuka

#85

Dicesukeinuzuka said:

@4. chunky_droid Yeah, looks like the law finally played a trap card :).
Untitled
Edit: I leave my computer for a few hours and the forums fall apart. "It's ok forums I'm here for you" :D

Supermarioman

#89

Supermarioman said:

Does anybody remember my forum asking if I should buy a PS3 or just get Wii Games, I made up my mind just to keep buying Wii Games, no need for HD!

CanisWolfred

#90

CanisWolfred said:

Well, if we're gonna be off-topic...

What's your favorite Final Fantasy?
Mine is a four-way tie between FF4, FF5, FF7, and FFX.

Blue_Protoman

#91

Blue_Protoman said:

Your favorite Chuck Norris facts!
Chuck Norris' first job was a paperboy. There were no survivors.

MetalMario

#94

MetalMario said:

this whole WEBSITE was broken when I first came to it...

Darn.

But this guy got exactly what he deserved. I hate these idiots. Buy the games. Alot for the DS are worth the money.

y2josh

#95

y2josh said:

@92: I agree there is no need for HD, but if that's the only reason you have to not buy one you are missing out on some fun titles you'll never see on the wii ;) But to each his own

y2josh

#97

y2josh said:

Okay, anyone wanna start placing bets on how long the forums are going to be down? If so, I say they will be back up at about 7:00 AM usa eastern time

VGM

#98

VGM said:

I think the forums will be back up 5:00 AM usa eastern time

Dicesukeinuzuka

#99

Dicesukeinuzuka said:

@93. Mickeymac: FF3 was pretty cool with all the classes to choose from, but I never completed a FF game so I don't really know.

Supermarioman

#107

Supermarioman said:

I kind of hope the forums don't come back up so that we can continue to be off topic without getting banned for once :)

Supermarioman

#108

Supermarioman said:

Hey does anybody remember when VC-Reviews and WiiWare-World combined with Nintendolife for the first time! What a beautiful and chaotic day!

Noire

#111

Noire said:

So, Corbie, will you be doing the Golden Sun review or will somebody else? :)

CorbsAdmin

#112

Corbs said:

I remember the days leading up to the site fusion. When we were racing to get everything done. Crazy time. I even remember adding that question about "curling up in the fetal position" to Damo's article.

And yeah, I'm doing the Golden Sun review. :) I just finished putting together the game pages for it and Wario Land 4.

Noire

#113

Noire said:

Yay Corbie! That's awesome! Haha, seeing those screenshots made my day. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. It'll be a must-read for me.

Yay Golden Sun! Yay Nintendo Life! Yay!

MetalMario

#114

MetalMario said:

I wonder what's wrong with the forums, anyway. Just a glitch, maybe?

Will everything be lost? :-(

CorbsAdmin

#115

Corbs said:

I don't think anything will be lost. Just take calming deep breaths. And yeah, PhoenixSage, I thought it was about time for some Golden Sun goodness on here. :D

Chunky_Droid

#121

Chunky_Droid said:

@Feraligatr: 3rd article, I wrote the 100,000 sold in Australia, and the Telltale Games one with the pitchforks :P.

I leave for like 6 hours and come back excited my article gets over 100 posts so quickly, then realise 95% of the comments are forum based, lol! I love you guys!

Noire

#122

Noire said:

Yes, it is definitely time for some Golden Sun love; I can't agree with you more about that, Corbie. It'll be very cool to see a review of the game, I can't wait!

Yay again!

Noire

#126

Noire said:

@GabeGreens: I know Corbie will give it a fair review, and from what I've seen of him around Golden Sun-related topics, I don't think I need to worry about that.

ASDFGHJKL

#131

ASDFGHJKL said:

I want to get Golden Sun, if I could get my things shipped sooner, I could get my gameboy to play it. Woudnt it be cool if it got released on a Virtual Handheld for the DSi?

CanisWolfred

#134

CanisWolfred said:

@Dicesukeinuzuka

Yeah, I really liked FF3, too. I'm still playing through it, but so far it seems like it'll become one of my favorites.:)(so far it's my second favorite :P)

Just one question: How is the DS version?

Glad to hear about the Golden Sun review...because honestly, that's one of those games where I could never understand how so many other people liked it so much. A keen insight is greatly appreciated.

ASDFGHJKL

#136

ASDFGHJKL said:

I can always exchange my doom for another flavor at Super Target, Ill go there right now, anyone want something while Im there?

SonicMaster

#137

SonicMaster said:

Can you get me a points card? :P BTW I got Legendary Starfy today. Lovin it so far. Gotten all secret areas and chests in the first area. In area 2.

MetalMario

#138

MetalMario said:

I'll have what Corbie's having and some Swedish Fish. Maybe some Gummi Bears, too.

OH! And Scooby-Doo Fruit Snacks! :-D

ASDFGHJKL

#140

ASDFGHJKL said:

Ok let me make a shopping list
Vanilla pudding of my doom for Metal Mario
Gummi Worms for Corbie

Keep the requests coming!

ASDFGHJKL

#143

ASDFGHJKL said:

Vanilla pudding of my doom, Gummi Worms, Swedish Fish, Gummi Bears, and Scooby Fruit snacks for Metal Mario
Gummi Worms for Corbie
Points Card for SonicMaster

Keep em comin

ASDFGHJKL

#145

ASDFGHJKL said:

At Supersonic: No, my wow was expressing how atrocious the game is :P
Actually it is amazing, better than Ocarina from what Ive played. Im thinking of reviewing it after completion. Always wanted to try reviewing.

ASDFGHJKL

#147

ASDFGHJKL said:

Vanilla pudding of my doom, Gummi Worms, Swedish Fish, Gummi Bears, and Scooby Fruit snacks for Metal Mario
Gummi Worms for Corbie
Points Card, and a Unicorn for SonicMaster

Keep Em CoMinG

Dicesukeinuzuka

#148

Dicesukeinuzuka said:

The DS game was great, I had it over a year ago though, but from what I remember it was good, you are still in the over world when you leave a town and I liked it more than IV because there was more freedom in your characters. I don't think I got very far in the game, my brother also played the games (I think on the same save file) and so I wasn't able to follow the story all the way. Last I remember doing was using some shrinking spell to get into a small cave or something, and there was also and invinsible dragon I had to use magic on I think instead of normal attacks to do damage. and thats all. Over all I really can't tell you how good the games was because I didn't play the original, and I'm not a huge rpg fan, but the game was still good.

SonicMaster

#149

SonicMaster said:

A $1,000,000 apology card for me for forgetting my sour gummi worms :D
Now, you're broke, no more shopping list :P

ASDFGHJKL

#152

ASDFGHJKL said:

Vanilla pudding of my doom, Gummi Worms, Swedish Fish, Gummi Bears, and Scooby Fruit snacks for Metal Mario
Gummi Worms for Corbie
Points Card, a Unicorn, a $1,000,000 apology card for me for forgetting his sour gummi worms, and a personal nursing room for SonicMaster
Season 3 of Prison Break if they have it on sale for Jerichoholic Josh

It IS SUPER Target. Keep em...you know

MetalMario

#153

MetalMario said:

Cool, try this out.

Go to google image search, type in your username and then imagesize:60x60 and your avatar will be there.

Some of them are old versions of your avatar, though. Like mine before pixelman edited it. :-)

ASDFGHJKL

#154

ASDFGHJKL said:

At SonicMaster, sorry, but that is all I can buy for you for now, my allowance is not infinite and there is other people who want stuff too! :p

Supermarioman

#156

Supermarioman said:

I'll take a nice PS3 if you have the money, if thats too much just add another Gummi Worms to your list :)

ASDFGHJKL

#158

ASDFGHJKL said:

@WolfRamHeart I dont think they are giving them anymore, I used to win everytime, now Ive put tons of those bottle caps in a row and lost. Something smells fishy in here. Im at the seafood section in super target

Supermarioman

#166

Supermarioman said:

Gabe Greens here's your shopping list:
PS3 and Gummi Worms for Me :)
Gummi Worms and Pepsi for Corbie.
A points card, unicorn, $1 Million Dollar Apology card for not getting sour gummi worms, and a personal nursing room for Sonic Master.
Pepsi for WolfRamHeart.
Season 3 of Prison Break in they have it on sale for Jericholic Josh.
Vanallia Pudding of my doom, Gummi Worms, Swedish Fish, Gummi Bears, and Scooby fruit snacks for Metal Mario.
There you go :)

ASDFGHJKL

#167

ASDFGHJKL said:

Thank you!!! Im so gratefu... runs and leaves Supermarioman the burden of updating my shopping list

MetalMario

#168

MetalMario said:

Yeah, I don't know why the old versions of the avatars come up. Kinda weird. But if you click on the old avatar twice to see the original image, it shows your updated avatar. :-)

Supermarioman

#172

Supermarioman said:

Also MetalMario I own one of everything except the SNES becuase mine recently broke and I have had a hell of a time tracking down another one of them.

MetalMario

#173

MetalMario said:

Yeah, I got all of those too, but my NES doesn't work as well as it used to.

Good thing the Virtual Console is there, though. I get alot of those hard-to-get-working games now. Just need a few more, and I'll be able to play them all with ease.

But nothing beats playing with the original controller...

Supermarioman

#175

Supermarioman said:

I know what you mean by the feel of the original controller, nothing beats the handcramps of the old NES pad does it :)

MetalMario

#176

MetalMario said:

No, I loved that rectangle. The greatest rectangle of all time. I wish we could get a working Classic Controller that looks like the NES, SNES, and N64 controllers. That would be so awesome.

MetalMario

#178

MetalMario said:

Okay.......hmm....everyone is going to sleep now. I'm all alone....I think...

....maybe I'll get off as well....and play Super Mario 64 DS.

WHAT'S THAT?! The wind....oh wait. It's just the fan.

Roopa132

#182

Roopa132 said:

Good morning... yeah when you Americans go to bed we Europeans wake up :D but now I probably have noone to talk to... :(

CanisWolfred

#184

CanisWolfred said:

@Dicesukeinuzuka

Well then I'll tell you the differences:

Graphics - The DS version is in Full 3D with completely redone art by the more recent FF Character and Backround Artists

Story - The story is more fleshed out, but it still holds true to the original, for the most part

Characters - The characters in the NES version were generic "Blank Slates", with only the slightest bit of Backround info and no development whatsoever. Naturally, they felt they had to make the characters more "fleshed out" in the remake

The Battle System - I...don't know about this one, honestly.:

Battle Speed - Battles apparently go a lot slower in the DS remake, so I've heard.

Difficulty and Encounter Rate - Not sure how/if this was effected.

Classes - There are now more of them, and many of them have been rebalanced. What was once the generic starter class is now an uber-powered "secret class", and what wer once the uber-classes and the useless classes have now been toned down to a perfect balance.

I already know that the first three are negatives, and the last one is a big positive. All I need to know about are the other 3. So, here we go:

How does the new battle system work? I haven't the slightest idea.
How slow are the battles? I am a patient man, but that patients can only be stretched so far.
How difficult is it? How often do you run into enemies? If it is too hard, and battles are too frequent, then combined with slow battles, my patience will likely run thin.

Roopa132

#187

Roopa132 said:

it's 8:17 here
and Zaphod is right, the GMT time here is wrong it's 1 hour off. it's 6:17 GMT now not 7:17

FATEM

#188

FATEM said:

Here's a question for you all. Do the moral and ethical justifications for not pirating games still apply when a company no longer profits from those games? i.e.Is it OK to download gameboy and gameboy colour ROMS seeing as no money is made from them?

CanisWolfred

#189

CanisWolfred said:

@FATEM

Nope. It's still not okay, since it breaks copyright laws. You have to wait until the copyrights run out before they're "okay".

MetalMario

#190

MetalMario said:

I don't know how you could be stupid enough to do things like that, though. It's free games, but you are bound to get caught and have to pay more than you ever would have for all those games.

CanisWolfred

#191

CanisWolfred said:

@MetalMario

Well, truth be told, policing the internet is incredibly difficult, and copyright laws of old games that no one currently profits from tend to go unenforced. But yes, pirating new DS games seems like a very risky gamble.

Random Question: Is Final Fantasy: Anneversary Edition for the PSP any good? I wasn't a fan of the GBA remake, but if this is better, then I might just get it instead of waiting for the NES version to hit VC.

And would it be worth it to buy a new copy of Final Fantasy 9 instead of waiting for it to hit PSN?

...huh. And to think: Only a little over a year ago, I didn't even like RPGs, especially Final Fantasy.

Mabbit

#192

Mabbit said:

hey whats with the great forum depression of 09???
you guys cant worship me properly wihtout them

CorbsAdmin

#194

Corbs said:

If you didn't like the GBA remake of FF, you'll probably not like the PSP version. It's better, but not that much. I personally think it's the best version of the original Final Fantasy game, but that's just me.

Roopa132

#197

Roopa132 said:

Well Josh, Corbie said above:
"We're just trying to make the site better and faster. We'll have the forums back on soon."
So I assumed they just update it and don't move it to a different server...but I mighty be wrong.

y2josh

#198

y2josh said:

Be careful twisted, you may be one of those they took this downtime to delete. ;)

Chunky_Droid

#200

Chunky_Droid said:

@wolframhart: I don't mind! I wonder what the most amount of posts on a single item is? I've only seen it hit 200 twice. Now the forums are back you will all abandon me! 'sniff' lol :P

Chatham

#203

Chatham said:

If you are going to be a pirate, at least don't be stupid enough to PAY for it! Lol.

metakirbyknight

#204

metakirbyknight said:

In Japan it's actually legal to download pirated works, but uploading them, not so much. This man was placed in prison and slapped with a fine because he put them out there.

Odnetnin

#205

Odnetnin said:

This might not be the best place to ask anymore, but Corbie, how are you enjoying the Art Style with the newfangled name?

StarWolf

#206

StarWolf said:

I personally hate people who download games online, or use mod chips and hacks to get stuff for free.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#207

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Piracy also eventually feed other forms of crime further "up" the food chain including drug crime. That in turn leads to fatalities.

mjc0961

#214

mjc0961 said:

Only two and a half years? ****er got off light. It should be something like 10 years minimum. Let these pirating jerkoffs know that we won't tolerate them.

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