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Customs trying to verify if Wii discs are pirated copies

BIG BUCKS Officials said that 1,865 discs for Sony and Nintendo consoles it seized last week could sell for NT$2.6 million on the Taiwanese market

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Taipei Customs Office is trying to ascertain whether the 1,865 Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) video game discs it seized last week are pirated copies.

Customs officials said yesterday they had asked the Aviation Police Bureau to intervene in the smuggling case.

The officials said that the confiscated Wii and PS2 discs could sell for as much as NT$2.6 million (US$79,000) on the local market.

Last month the Taipei Customs Office requested the help of a representative from Nintendo, who certified that 400 Wii discs, worth NT$600,000, seized at the nation's ports of entry in May were all pirated copies.

Those involved in smuggling the discs were prosecuted in accordance with the Copyright Law (著作權).

The latest Nintendo game console is gaining in popularity, with the number of consoles in Taiwan estimated at 200,000. Yet the product has not yet been officially launched in Taiwan.

The National Communications Commission said that Nintendo had obtained certification to market the Wii console in Taiwan.

Passengers entering Taiwan are allowed to import two Nintendo Wii discs duty-free.

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