NINTENDO APPLAUDS U.S. GOVERNMENT'S STRONG POSITION AGAINST PIRACY IN CHINA
Nintendo Urges: 'Progress Must Be Made'
REDMOND, Wash., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo of America Inc. today
announced its strong support of the U.S. Trade Representative seeking formal
consultations with China regarding its failure to meet World Trade Organization
obligations concerning intellectual property protection and enforcement in
China. As part of its uncompromising campaign against international piracy,
Nintendo continues to be an outspoken supporter of the U.S. government, given
that more than 7.7 million counterfeit video game products from more than 300
Chinese factories and retailers have been seized during the past four years.
Despite aggressive efforts for the past decade, China has built itself to be
the leading production site and exporter for counterfeit Nintendo video game
products, and has the largest domestic consumption. Despite the millions of
counterfeit Nintendo products seized from retailers and manufacturing plants in
China through the years, there has only been one criminal prosecution.
Numerous factories, where tens of thousands of counterfeit Nintendo products
were seized, escaped with only trivial fines or no penalty at all. And often
these production sites continue to operate after products are seized. In order
to avoid punishment, many counterfeiters are sophisticated and keep stock
levels below the criminal thresholds and avoid keeping sales records.
Each year Nintendo participates in the Special 301 process -- the annual
process by which the U.S. Trade Representative solicits views from the industry
and makes judgments about the adequacy of intellectual property laws and
enforcement in foreign countries. This year, Nintendo provided evidence to the
U.S. Trade Representative regarding piracy in China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Mexico
and Paraguay. The piracy not only affects Nintendo, but also more than 100
other companies who independently create, license, market and sell Nintendo
products. In 2006, the estimated loss due to piracy was $762 million.
"Nintendo will continue to work with the U.S. government while aggressively
pursuing counterfeit Nintendo products in China," says Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo
of America's senior director of anti-piracy. "We're pleased the U.S.
government is pushing China to comply with its trade commitments in an effort
to protect the lifeblood of the copyright and trademark industries."
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more
than 387 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly
owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.
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