A Japanese court fined the Japanese karting company Mari Mobility €416,000 for infringing Nintendo’s copyright. The karting company offered “Mario Kart racing” in Tokyo.
Customers were able to rent costumes from the company and dress up like Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, among others. That way, they could ride around Japan’s capital as their favourite Mario Kart character in a go-kart.
In 2017, Nintendo sued Mari Mobility, then known as Marikart, for copyright infringement (earlier post here). The judge then fined the company about 83,000 euros. The company appealed, but in vain. The fine imposed on Mari Mobility on Wednesday is five times as high as the previous fine.
Nintendo writes on the website that it will continue to take action against companies that violate Nintendo’s copyright, “to protect what has been built up with great effort and over many years.
Mari Mobility has now taken a different path. The company’s website shows that customers can now race across the streets of Tokyo dressed up as superheroes. Hmm… perhaps Marvel will be next in line to sue them.
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