exodus yeah so you sampled like a small part of it and now you think you got the full experience. That being said, I am teh expert on Oakland and SF. 🙂
Annyways in all seriousness, during those times several companies that closed biz in the Voltaire came after me as well, none of them ever succeeded in closing me down and most even never went along with their threats of closing me down.
Konami threatened me for importing MGS I said be my guest, I do not sell counterfeit games and you expect my customers to wait a year for a worse version of the game.
Sony threatened me for modding consoles I said yeah I do but every console we mod is a console that can not pirate your games, we only do region mods that allow original PS discs.
Konami decided not to sue me, Sony did and lost horribly.
In France however I would have lost since they just needed complaint to close the stores.
In Paris you were guilty until you could prove your innocence.
Nintendo remains extra special in this in that they never existed in France until late 97 when they finally became a legal entity in France. Before that they used Bandai and shell companies to fuck over retail as well as customers in France. Under Bandai they were forced to a 680 million French Franc settlement with the public which they got out of by letting the company die in France and they could not legally launch the N64 until they dissolved shell companies and started a legit biz under their own name.