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3 men tried for selling online game weapons

A COURT tried three men yesterday who were involved in the city’s first criminal case of copyright violations of an online game.

Wang Yihui, a former manager of Shanghai Shanda Network Development
Co Ltd, Tang Ming and Jin Ke, both natives of Jinhua City, Zhejiang
Province, were charged with copyright violation by prosecutors.

Prosecutors allege the trio earned illegal profits of more than 2
million yuan (US$250,000) by using the computer code database of Legend
of Mir 2, a popular online game operated by Shanda, to produce and sell
large quantities of high-level game weapons. The weapons are normally
only available to high-level winners, and hadn’t been for sale.

Possession of the weapons would allow less skilled players to
succeed more easily. The activities of the three also circulated far
more virtual weapons than the company planned, which alerted the
company that something was amiss.

Prosecutors allege that from September 2004 to August 2005, Wang,
former deputy manager of Shanda’s game project management center
collaborated with Tang and Jin to duplicate game weapons without
Shanda’s permission.

“Because top-grade game weapons are very rare and precious for
devoted players, they are valuable in the virtual world. We decided to
make use of my position to produce a group of the weapons to get
money,” Wang told the court.

Prosecutors allege he was in charge of changing the game data to
trick the company into producing virtual weapons for the characters
registered by the other two defendants and the two defendants allegedly
sold the weapons on the Internet in Jinhua.

The three achieved a booming business and had some frequent
clients. Among the total illegal profits, Wang earned 1.2 million yuan
and the other two defendants each received 400,000 yuan.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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