Orange County Man Charged With Selling Fake Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

U.S. Department of Justice officials revealed this week they filed a copyright infringement case against an Orange County man for illegally reproducing and selling popular electronic games.

Paul Trinh spent at least a 180-day period in 2010 selling the fake versions of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii for "the purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain," according to federal officials.

The charging document claims Trinh, who was born in 1978, sold at least 10 copies of the games with a retail value of more than $2,500.

Information about the July 16 filing was withheld from public view for a week for unknown reasons.

Trinh has not been arrested, but allegedly signed a guilty plea, according to court records.

Assistant United States Attorney Lise E. Feldman with DOJ's Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section in Los Angeles is prosecuting Trinh and convinced a magistrate judge to seal details of the plea bargain.

At this point, a federal judge has not been selected to preside over the case.

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fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I thought people only bought fake Wiis to pass drug tests...LOL


You see a ton of ads like this on Craigslist - "backup copies."  Easy to figure out how to do by reading online forums and watching YouTube videos.  People commonly sell them for $5-$10 each.  What shocks me is that the amount of time it takes to download and burn one game - several hours to download and 40 minutes or so to burn one game - is it worth the risk of going to jail for several dollars profit per game  ?? Hopefully they go easy on this guy.


@Gamer_Nerd  This article is not making any sense and is poorly written. It says he's reproducing and selling "games" then immediately states he was selling fake versions of the consoles themselves.

Then it states he sold 10 copies of the "games" with a retail value of $2500 which makes no sense at all as games are $60. That number would only make sense if he sold 10 consoles, not games.

If he was indeed selling fake consoles as well as games then there is definitely more reward for the risk.

20ftjesus topcommenter

@Gamer_Nerd  It's not worth it; however, there's the sporting aspect.  Way, way back, a long, long time ago, I knew a young man that flew to Hong Kong to buy the latest SNES cartridge duplication systems.  On a monetary basis, it was not even close to breaking even -- he did it for the sport.


@20ftjesus @Gamer_Nerd Yeah maybe, but in the digital age, it's too easy to be a sport.  These days, there's too many resources at your fingertips so you can be an expert in a matter of minutes.  I guess you must be somewhat my age (circa 37) because a buddy of mine in high school ordered a console copier (aka "backup unit") that copied SNES games onto 3" floppies, or you could download them via 26.6 modem via telephone.  Ahh the love!  We had some fun with Super Metroid - great game even in today's standards.

I like downloading my own games and modding my own systems - legally or if not, they're not going after me.  Once you attempt to profit off someone else's copyrighted material, that should be illegal, IMO.  Whether it be music, software, movies, or games.  Otherwise, let it GO!

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