Nintendo Hates You: Gaming Giant Launches DMCA Nuke to Hundreds of Fan Games

Nintendo Hates You: Gaming Giant Launches DMCA Nuke to Hundreds of Fan Games

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Nintendo has built a solid reputation as an intellectual property protectionist, going much further than most other game companies to exercise strict control over all of its intellectual property. While this control is deployed very broadly, one of the most visible, common, and consequential avenues of this protectionism comes in the form of Nintendo removing all kinds of fan-made creations. These games, almost universally created by huge Nintendo fans as labors of love, are almost always the subject of DMCA teardowns. Think for a moment what that means: Nintendo routinely refuses the expression of fandom by its own customers.

Whenever I have written an article about an individual game erased in this way, instead of Nintendo exploring how to formally endorse these fan-made creations in order to protect their IP while promoting their own fans, this to me. let me scratch my head. But now that Nintendo has succeeded …

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