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Go-kart firm ordered to pay Nintendo over copyright infringement

People wearing costumes drive go-karts on a public road in Tokyo, on May 17, 2018. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered the operator of a go-kart service that lets customers drive on public roads wearing costumes of Nintendo Co.'s video game characters to pay damages for copyright infringement.

The amount of compensation is not immediately known. Nintendo had sought 10 million yen ($88,300) when it filed a lawsuit against MariCar Inc. in February last year and demanded it stop using the costumes, which has been popular with foreign tourists.

MariCar, currently Mari Mobility Development Inc., had used footage of customers wearing the costumes that looked similar to Nintendo game characters such as Super Mario in its advertising.

"We'll continue to take necessary action against any violation of our intellectual property," Nintendo said in a released comment, while Mari Mobility Development said it will respond after assessing the ruling.

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