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Japanese teenager arrested for distributing Wii software mod

A 19-year-old Japanese college student has been arrested for distributing software that circumvented Nintendo’s copy protection, thereby, enabling Wii console owners to play pirated games via a USB drive.

A 19-year-old Japanese college student has been arrested for distributing software that circumvented Nintendo’s copy protection, thereby, enabling Wii console owners to play pirated games via a USB drive. 

The teenager made the software available on his website, and according to Asahi Shimbun, he told the police “my website was making money, so I kept it running.”  There were no distribution of any video games, physical goods, or service provided by his site, and the $2,500 which he earned was strictly through advertisement. 

According to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, “the act of providing devices to circumvent technological restriction measures” is an offense punishable by law. 

Japanese authority believes that the young man is not the creator of the software which he is accused of distributing.  Therefore, he may face charges on the account of distribution while authority hunts for the creator of the software.

Source: wired.com

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