Australian man forced to pay Nintendo $1.5 million

Queenslander pays the price for pirating New Super Mario Bros Wii
  • (GamePro)
  • — 10 February, 2010 10:06

A Queensland man accused of pirating New Super Mario Bros. Wii has settled out of court with Nintendo. Today, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the alleged pirate has to pay Nintendo $1.5 million as part of the deal.

James Burt, 24, went to court with Nintendo over pirating New Super Mario Bros. a week ahead of the game's Australian release last November. According to Nintendo Australia managing director Rose Lappin, the piracy cost the company significant revenues worldwide because once the game hit the internet, "there was thousands and thousands of downloads."

The Herald goes on to quote Lappin:

"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."

It also looks like Burt's saddled with Nintendo's $100,000 legal fees.

Nintendo pirate to pay $1.5m [The Sydney Morning Herald]

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