The US Government Wants To Put Bowser In Prison For 5 Years

The Unit­ed States has rec­om­mend­ed that a dis­trict court impose a sen­tenc­ing of five years, as well as more than $4.5 mil­lion in fines against Bows­er. Not that Bows­er, but a hack­er by the name of Gary Bows­er. This sen­tence was hand­ed down for his role in a copy­right-cir­cum­ven­tion scheme to let the Nin­ten­do Switch play unau­tho­rized or stolen games.

Bows­er had pre­vi­ous­ly pled guilty to con­spir­a­cy to cir­cum­vent tech­no­log­i­cal mea­sures and traf­fick­ing in cir­cum­ven­tion devices back in late 2021. He was a mem­ber of a group called Xecuter, which has devices that allow play­ers to gain ille­gal access to games on the Nin­ten­do Switch with sim­i­lar devices cir­cum­vent­ing the 3DS. When Bows­er plead­ed guilty, he agreed to pay the $4.5 mil­lion fine, but the US has viewed him as hav­ing played an “essen­tial” role in Xecuter’s oper­a­tions (along with inter­ac­tions with cus­tomers), so it’s seek­ing an actu­al jail sentence.

These fac­tors weight strong­ly in favor of a lengthy term of incar­cer­a­tion,” as read from a sen­tenc­ing mem­o­ran­dum–its obvi­ous the court wants the seri­ous­ness of this crime to be known. “Giv­en Team Xecuter’s noto­ri­ety, this case will be used nation­al­ly as a bench­mark for sen­tences in oth­er major pira­cy and tech­nol­o­gy cir­cum­ven­tion cas­es. Crimes like those com­mit­ted by Mr. Bows­er and his cohorts are a seri­ous threat to video gam­ing users’ experiences.”

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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