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Nintendo Sends DMCA Takedowns Over Custom Steam Icons

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Mario is staring off the screen in his dark blue business suit.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before.Nintendo has an army of lawyers and lots of money chase people who look like big fans of that game and franchise. yeah, you probably have, right? This time, Nintendo is looking for people to create and host custom his artwork for the icons used in the Steam library. Clearly, this is a good use of time and resources…

Nintendo and its lawyers say that by this point they’ve effectively become memes, and that fan games and mods using Nintendo characters are likely only days away from being legally knocked out by major Japanese publishers. People are quick to point it out. I asked Nintendo to calm downbut what do you expect from the company work with the federal government to send people to prison Years beyond ROM? And now Nintendo is going after people creating and sharing his artwork custom for Steam.

As reported by Arstecnica yesterdayNintendo has responded to several Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requests SteamGridDB (SGDB)This is a community site that hosts custom user-created images that some players on Steam use in place of official artwork. It is also used by players who integrate non-Steam games into their Steam library, creating a great looking single-stop digital depository for all their different games. The problem Nintendo has with his SGDB is that some of the thousands of images on the site are from different Nintendo games that people can emulate, and those users don’t use SGDB to get proper icons. , and the possibility to integrate it into your Steam library.

For clarity, SteamGridDB does not host, share or link to any emulation software or ROMs. These are great looking pictures and icons that players are free to download and share. Arstecnica After speaking with some of the people behind the SGDB website, they told the outlet they “do not support piracy.” However, some of them have links or Mario in them, so a Nintendo lawyer arrived and sent the site a DMCA takedown of him. Arstecnica I have seen and confirmed.

Screenshots show some of the artwork removed by Nintendo.

In a DMCA takedown dated October 27, Nintendo’s legal team argued that some images displaying Nintendo characters and intellectual property “are likely to lead to consumer confusion.” SGDB admins, not wanting to fight Nintendo in court, complied with the takedown order and now dozens of SGDB images have been replaced with blanks containing text explaining that the original assets have been removed due to DMCA takedown requests. Oddly enough, Nintendo only targets some of the art and imagery, mostly using actual sprites and official artwork, while other fanart is now a You can leave it as is.

If something like this happened at Nintendo, there would normally be someone pointing it out. legal Nintendo on the right. Or you may have to do this, or you may lose legal rights to your character. are all more complicated and nuanced than some random internet person would let you believe.)

But the reality is Nintendo doesn’t have to do this.Time and time again we have seen other publishers and companies not use nukes on their players more than a fan game Or an emulator, or custom art. Meanwhile, earlier this year, Nintendo tracked down the person who scanned and uploaded the old out-of-print game. super mario 64 Strategy guideThe company could have left it online so its biggest fans could enjoy the coolest creations. Mario history. No! It’s all gone, as are some of these cool custom art from SGDB.

Nintendo should probably use lawyers and money to spend less time pursuing Dedicated fan and archivist When Instead start treatment this is make your employees better When Let’s stop busting unions.

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