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Impact Against Warez Users In Germany And Worldwide

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@Craigs:

Warning:

"Don't copy video games of Nintendo. It is illegal, because there are german and international laws. Backups are illegal! Nintendo persues :-P!"

That's it!

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That's a pretty standard copyright warning. If the thing about making backups is illegal than Germany needs to seriously re-examine its notions of freedom. Copyright is supposed to be purely about distribution, as it is here in Soviet Canuckistan.

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"The copy of Nintendo games is illegal and against German and international laws. This goes as well for so-called backup copies, whose production is in no way necessary. Each copy of a game will be prosecuted by Nintendo."

My German is very rusty, so I'm not sure whether they're dismissing out of hands that backup copies may be useful, or only condemning backup copies that are not actually made for backup purposes. The former sounds crackpot crazy.

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Yes, in the post-Hitler world they've replaced emotions and body language in formal speech with long compound words denoting emotions and body language.

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Aliotroph? said:

That's a pretty standard copyright warning. If the thing about making backups is illegal than Germany needs to seriously re-examine its notions of freedom. Copyright is supposed to be purely about distribution, as it is here in Soviet Canuckistan.

The most retarded part about that is that we still have to pay copying fees on basically every piece of hardware (CD/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD burners, printers etc). So yeah, we're paying for things we're not allowed to do.

Other fun things: we have forced pay TV. Our electronic voting machines don't have to be hack-proof because election fraud is illegal and so won't happen.

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Yeah, that's pretty bad. We got around the voting machine problem by using only paper. Every once in a while some idiot steals a ballot box and dumps it in a ditch, though. The levy we pay on our hardware actually does let us copy music. That scare campaign by the RIAA in the states has so many people here scared to try it, though. That's quite sad.

What we have that I hate is unreasonable restrictions on buying, transporting and consuming alcohol.

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boris said:

don't have to be hack-proof because election fraud is illegal


Classic!

[mini rant]
It reminds me when, I believe, a government employee said a similar thing when asked if they could send some documents again as our mail gets lost from time to time. The lady was so condescending and said that tampering with the mail was illegal so, ya know, like it isn't possible or we are criminals. The post office has still not found/returned our mail from last year when we were away for a month.

The whole system is out of order! Fish don't have these problems. I wonder who thought losing the gills was a good idea.
[/mini rant]

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Nothing new here. The same or a very similar text can be found on different language versions, too.

What we should not forget is that this warning has no legal implication. If they write something that violates the law it's void anyway. The sole purpose of such texts is to scare the customers.

So, just another Deeforce brainfart. Again nothing new. :P

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Nintendo has always claimed that their software is not really software and is thus exempt from backup protection loopholes in copyright law. This is mainly because they're still obsessed with the old idea that "backup" devices are the chief source of warez for their games, while that hasn't really been the case since they stopped using cartridges. IIRC they even got a judge in America to rule on their side as far as their games not being software products, which is completely insane.

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People who actually do make copies of their stuff as backup probably keep them stashed in their house somewhere, so the only way Nintendo would ever know is if they raided your house. So that's a terribly ineffective threat.

Aliotroph? said:

That scare campaign by the RIAA in the states has so many people here scared to try it, though. That's quite sad.

Which is ironic, because those same campaigns made MORE people in the US turn to file-sharing, if anything, because it basically told all the average Joes in America that "hey, people are getting free movies and music from the internet!".

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Danarchy said:

People who actually do make copies of their stuff as backup probably keep them stashed in their house somewhere, so the only way Nintendo would ever know is if they raided your house. So that's a terribly ineffective threat.


The problem is they use it as a lever to get the tools used for backing things up outlawed.

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