R4 cards deemed illegal by High Court

Following a high court ruling nearly 2 months ago, selling, importing or advertising R4 and R4i cards or other similar devices in the UK is officially illegal.

The defence used by Playables Limited and its owner, Wai Dat Chan, after the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (Elspa) ELSPA Intellectual Property Crime Unit highlighted the issue, was that the cards can be used for legitimate reasons, such as storing and playing home-developed games or for music. However, the court ruled that because the cards bypass Nintendo’s security systems they are unlawful and breached copyright. Sellers face criminal charges if they are found to be selling the cards.

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