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Police seize illegal circumvention devices for Nintendo video game consoles in Kidderminster

Officers from the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) executed a number of search warrants on Thursday 2 November 2017.

The operation resulted in one man, 46 from Kidderminster and one woman, 50 from Kidderminster, being arrested for offences relating to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the investigation remains on going.

During the search, officers seized circumvention devices, which when inserted into Nintendo video consoles, provide the purchaser with illegal free access to hundreds of pirate copies of Nintendo video games.

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The operation was initiated following a report from Nintendo after Intellectual Property Investigators from a private sector firm identified that the illegal circumvention devices were being sold on a popular social media website.

Detective Sergeant Gary Brown, of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said:

“We work closely with our industry partners to understand the threat of piracy and ensure that any illegal products are taken out of circulation.

“We have worked with Nintendo on this operation and we would like to thank them for their co-operation.”

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Director of Intellectual Property Enforcement from Nintendo, Christopher Parent, said:

“Nintendo would like to thank PIPCU for all its efforts in this investigation.”


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