Is selling bootleg games illegal? How are the guys on eBay getting away with it ?

Is selling bootleg games illegal? How are the guys on eBay getting away with it ?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    As far as I know, on a long enough timeline Nintendo will come after this guy but I'm guessing it's a low priority, since it's not like they're losing money when they're not selling Emerald in any capacity whatsoever right now

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    eBay doesn't let you sell bootlegs. If you report the guy he'll be gone by tomorrow. "Reproductions" are a grayer area for ebay. They are still technically against the ToS but ebay generally don't care until the real copyright holder tells them to take it down.
    the answer to "how do they get away with it" is, well, they don't. That's why most of the bootleg sellers have low feedback accounts because they are here today, gone tomorrow. If you see someone with more feedback than usual you'll find they got that selling OTHER stuff and the bootlegs are a new "venture" for them. The chinese use an army of western drop shippers and every time one gets banned another 3 take their place.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      If by, "bootlegs," you mean a game using licensed characters that the developers didn't have the rights to, thay's arguably slightly more legal than literally just copying the ROM and burning it to a reproduction cart.

      If by bootleg, you mean someone robbed someone else's copy of Pokemon Emerald and is selling it, that's usually not happening.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This

      Just report the listing and call it a day. However as pointed out, cut one head off, three more grow in it's place. Charlie is many.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you report these sellers they usually go away. Even if you want a bootleg, buying from ebay is retarded - go straight to the source and buy them from Aliexpress for $5 a piece instead.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      thats literally how most of my gb games were purchased. i only had like 2 licensed games
      weird that westerners call them bootlegs. i guess because it's unusual, it's likewise here we call unusual games "licensed" games which are official ones, and those are less common, so we wouldnt call common games bootlegs

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >weird that westerners call them bootlegs.
        it's an american colloquialism used for anything that's created and sold illegally, dating back to alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. as legends tell, alcohol was often secretly transported by "bootleggers" via flasks in the legs of men's tall boots.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >weird that westerners call them bootlegs
        What 3rd world pacific island do you live on?

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's technically illegal but nintendo isn't gonna go after these people they don't care about gba anymore

    it's also not allowed on ebay, you can report the auctions

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a Gamecube controller off ebay, they claimed it was genuine but when I eventually received it, it was a cheap counterfeit. I filed a claim, they refunded the money and I kept the controller anyway.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, and you support China by buying them. Import a cheaper Japanese copy instead. If you need an English translation of a JRPG, consider making the cartridge yourself as a learning process.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is good advice. To add to it a bit:
      1. Japanese isn’t hard to learn, it just takes time and patience. Get started now, and you’ll be playing games before you know it.
      2. If you don’t want to better yourself, buy the Japanese ones for your shelf, and get a flashcart to actually play the English version. I mean, you’re buying games to play them, aren’t you?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is good advice. To add to it a bit:
      1. Japanese isn’t hard to learn, it just takes time and patience. Get started now, and you’ll be playing games before you know it.
      2. If you don’t want to better yourself, buy the Japanese ones for your shelf, and get a flashcart to actually play the English version. I mean, you’re buying games to play them, aren’t you?

      I can’t even think of a single jrpg I’d play aside from maybe chrono trigger and Mario rpg if those even count

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Assuming you’re OP, what exactly do you consider Pokémon? It’s a jrpg by every metric.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I’m not looking to play these games, I was wondering if I could make some money.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I was wondering if I could make some money.
            Answer is most likely no, not legally. You can timeshift people's game to different platforms, or create backups for them — that can be charged as a service.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I mean, not legally, but nobody is gonna come after me right?

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ebay makes money on it either way so they only pretend to care

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Selling dope is illegal but the morons on my block are getting away with it

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