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SOUTH AFRICAN SUPREME COURT RULES FOR NINTENDO IN MAJOR VICTORY AGAINST VIDEO GAME PIRATES

 REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In a landmark action aimed at stopping video game piracy, South Africa's Supreme Court has issued a judgment against 15 South African retailers and distributors of counterfeit Nintendo video game products imported from Taiwan, according to Nintendo of America Inc.
 The court ruled that the defendants had violated South African copyright law, ordered them to immediately stop selling the pirated games and surrender their entire inventory of games to Nintendo.
 In addition, the court ordered the defendants to pay substantial costs and attorneys fees to Nintendo.
 The judgment announced recently in Pretoria, South Africa, came after a two-year battle by Nintendo to stop the rampant importation and sale of pirated video games from Taiwan. Many of the defendants were Taiwanese nationals doing business in South Africa.
 Lynn E. Hvalsoe, general counsel of Nintendo of America, said the decision was a clear endorsement of Nintendo's rights and represented another significant victory in the company's worldwide anti-piracy efforts.
 "The case will not end our worldwide war against video game piracy," Hvalsoe said. "We plan to aggressively pursue distributors and sellers of counterfeit Nintendo and Nintendo-licensed products in South Africa, using all available civil and criminal laws."
 Nintendo has coordinated hundreds of civil and criminal actions worldwide to combat the production and sale of pirate video game products. Ruling in one such action, a U.S. District Court judge earlier this year ordered two Taiwanese companies to pay Nintendo more than $24 million in damages for selling counterfeit Nintendo video game cartridges.
 Nintendo's anti-piracy efforts have focused attention on Taiwan, which remains a center for video game piracy in the world.
 Counterfeit video game products cost Nintendo and other companies that develop and market Nintendo games over $2 billion a year in losses.
 The action in South Africa was brought by Nintendo Co. Ltd. Japan (NCL), the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of video games, and parent company of Nintendo of America, Inc., of Redmond.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn E. Hvalsoe or Perrin Kaplan of Nintendo of America, 206-882-2040; Paul Novellie of John & Kernick in Johannesburg, South Africa, 011-788-1160, for Nintendo/


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