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Huge Piracy Company Busted in Taiwan

by Daniel Bloodworth - May 25, 2004, 6:39 pm EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo

Over a million counterfeit goods found. Employees facing prison sentences.


May 24, 2004 – Taiwan's Pan-Chiao District Court has rendered a judgment against Taiwan's Yudian Company, a major manufacturer and distributor of counterfeit Nintendo Game Boy® video game cartridges. Hwei-chu Chen, one of the principals of Yudian, was sentenced to six years in prison, while six other employees of Yudian received sentences of up to three years in prison.

The prosecution resulted from a raid on Yudian that was conducted by the Taipei County station of the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice (IB) on May 21, 2001. Yudian Company was owned by Chen-chi Kuo and Hwei-chu Chen, and has been suspected of manufacturing and distributing Nintendo counterfeits for years. The IB seized from Yudian more than 1.5 million pieces of counterfeit Nintendo goods, including components used to assemble those counterfeit products. The case was one of the largest counterfeit cases in Taiwan in years and the goods were destined for global distribution.

The huge quantity of counterfeits caused the Pan-Chiao District Attorney to indict all major defendants, including Hwei-chu Chen and seven employees, although the president of Yudian, Mr. Kuo, has fled and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The Pan-Chiao District Court rendered guilty judgments against all the defendants and issued its sentences after a review of the detained counterfeits that were seized from Yudian.

"Chen-chi Kuo, Hwei-chu Chen and the companies they control have sold millions of Nintendo counterfeits around the world," said Jean Lin, manager of anti-piracy for Nintendo of America Inc. "This judgment will deter others from manufacturing and distributing Nintendo counterfeits in the future. We applaud the Taiwan governmental and judicial efforts to put an end to this major counterfeiting operation."

Worldwide piracy is estimated to have cost the United States entertainment software industry more than $3 billion annually. In 2003, Nintendo, together with its publishers and developers, suffered nearly $720 million in lost sales as a result of illegal copying of Nintendo products.


SuperLink666May 25, 2004

Good. Its so hard to buy GBA games on Ebay because of all the piraters from China selling them so cheap on ebay... I heard those copies batteries run out about a year while the Nintendo battery can last anywhere up to 50 years..

Hopefully this scares some of them face-icon-small-wink.gif

nickmitchMay 25, 2004

Ya see? it's people like this who give pirates a bad name!
However piracy is wrong and in the we all wind up getting hurt.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusMay 25, 2004

When did pirates have a good name?

kennyb27May 25, 2004

I hope they were slapped with some nasty fines too.

MysticGohan24May 25, 2004

heh, maybe he means pirates from the the 16th century bloodworth face-icon-small-wink.gif

that or he's been drinking again face-icon-small-tongue.gif

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 25, 2004

Yes, pirates such as the Dredd Pirate ROBERTS from The Princess Bride!

WuTangTurtleMay 25, 2004

IMO i don't think that was that harsh of a punishment. Hopefully there was a hefty fine.

RABicleMay 26, 2004

Or Maddox, he's a great pirate.

Anyway good to see these criminals behind bars. I can see a lot of the under the counter dealers in Sim Lim Square, Singapore worrying where they are gonna pick up their next load of pirate games.

GaimeGuyMay 26, 2004


Originally posted by: Bloodworth
When did pirates have a good name?

Skies of Arcadia? The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker? Fire Emblem? (Some of them, at least)

How about Quest 64?

Ok, that pirate was kind of an idiot, and that game sucked. face-icon-small-tongue.gif

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 26, 2004


nickmitchMay 26, 2004

Hey, what about Jean Lafite? He was a cool pirate too!

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