Is Pirate System Available Through Amazon?

August 20, 2008 -

Yesterday GamePolitics covered the Justice Department's announcement that 24-year-old Kifah Maswadi had been sentenced to 15 months jail time and fined $415,000.

His offense?

Selling the Power Player system, a handheld which connects to a television and offers players access to 76 old - but still copyrighted - NES games.

While federal court documents indicate that it took an FBI undercover operation to bring Maswadi down, we note that the Super Joy Power Player III remains available for purchase - right out in the open - on Amazon.com. While the system is not sold by Amazon itself, seven Amazon "sellers" offer the item under the Amazon logo, including Texas-based Anythingonsale and Darmah76 from New York. Prices range from $11.99 to $40.00.

The Amazon product description page describes the system, along with some of the NES titles it plays:

Included: Main System Controller, Joystick Control Pad, Light Gun, AC Adapter & AV Cable. Play Games Like Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, 1942, Stargate, Joust, Dig-Dug, Galaga, Contra, Hogan's Alley, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders & Popeye.

Although Amazon provides the sales platform for its registered sellers, it is unclear how much oversight takes place. The Amazon sellers program website offers the following blanket disclaimer regarding copyright violations:

Amazon is not involved in the actual transaction between Sellers and Buyers... As a Seller, you may list any item on the Site unless it is a prohibited item... Without limitation, you may not list any item or link or post any related material that (a) infringes any third-party intellectual property rights (including copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secrets) or other proprietary rights... or (c) is counterfeited, illegal, stolen, or fraudulent.
 

With other sellers still openly peddling the Power Player, why was the FBI so interested in Maswadi?


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Re: Is Pirate System Available Through Amazon?

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I owned one of them sadly.  They sold one when my family and i went down to wildwood NJ many years ago.  it had "1000" games (by which was like the same 10 or so games repeated under a different file name).  It was meh...neat that it could actually play other NES games if I had the RIGHT MEANS TO DO SO.  It was a stupid cheap plastic toy that passed the time.  Glad I don't have it anymore...Wii does a better job.

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A friend of mine ran a mall kiosks during the Christmas season. He spoke with the distributor of the product, intending to sell it, but backed out when he found out it wasn't an official Nintendo product. He sent a notice to Nintendo years ago about it.

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Gave Amazon a notice that the product is the result if violating Copyright, etc. We'll see if they take it down.

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I believe this is a racial case, they coming after him becuase of his name.

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You're right. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he created the product and marketed it and sold it. It is all becasue of the color of skin his name reminds you of.

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He created the Power Player? Wow, here I thought most famiclones originated from Asia. So did he create the "famicom on a chip" too?

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This is a pirate issue, so why are we making it a racial issue?

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contra... my favourite game when i was kid... i spend hours and hours playing it...

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Clearly they're interested in him because he has a scary brown-skinned-sounding name.  Fucking pigs.

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"With other sellers still openly peddling the Power Player, why was the FBI so interested in Maswadi?"

because he invented, produced, and wholsaled the units? These guys are probably selling them second hand....

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They sell this exact thing at the Brea Mall in one of those little shop Kiosks. They have been selling these things for years now.

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you sure it's the same thing? there are many "plug it in and play old games" machines out there, but most of them have license agreements with the copyright holders of the games available.

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No it is the exact one. I am thinking about having some fun with the annoying people who work at the kiosk :D.

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"With other sellers still openly peddling the Power Player, why was the FBI so interested in Maswadi?"

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's because Maswadi made over $390,000 selling the systems (as reported on this very site) and admitted to knowing that the systems infringed on copyright (again, as reported on this very site).

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With other sellers still openly peddling the Power Player, why was the FBI so interested in Maswadi?

Look at his name. Sadly, there IS still discrimination. A Smith would probably get off a lot easier.

Re: Is Pirate System Available Through Amazon?

Bullshit.

You have no idea how the FBI is forced to work.  Read above for the reason.

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Re: Is Pirate System Available Through Amazon?

This is not terribly surprising.

If you poke around amazon, pirated material is pretty easy to find.   I have not peeked in a while but I know that anime searches used to return piles of pirated 'imports' for sale, mostly from a few very well revied sellers.

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the freelaoder and Gamecube action reply are dubed "pirated material" by ebay, so I would not be suprised is amazon had thigns the indutry "dislikes" lol.

 

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Hmm, guess I should weigh in on this since my bachelors is in victim studies (criminal justice). Despite what is said, the FBI has a rather extensive protocal for investigative work. For everything to be "legal" they have to do x and y, have definitive proof of z, and etc.

Besides, the general tactic for them is to scare the pants off a group by prosecuting an individual. Do the work on one person to stop an entire group, or at least that's the thought. It's not very productive in today's society... but there you have it.

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God, I see crap-mongers flogging these pieces of shit downtown all the time!

Personally, I'll stick with my emulators.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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ya emluation on the DS and PSP andin genreal is still light years beyond what teh retial emu stuff is, really the indutry neds to catch up...

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Re: Is Pirate System Available Through Amazon?

Because the random poor guy makes the better scape goat, that or the FBI is truly inpt...

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