Fan sites for any upcoming game or product used to be a great way of letting viewers know about the updates. However, some developers are too choosy and they might sting you back for making posts about their upcoming release.
Take for instance, two websites:
The developers of the above WebPages are entirely dedicated to bringing updates about Nintendo’s long line of Poke game series. The latest installment being Pokémon Black – Pokémon White is subject to a lot of controversy and popularity. For some reason, Nintendo is keeping a tight lid on the game and it certainly didn’t appreciate the fact that Serebii and Pokébeach posted images and videos about the game.
The story takes a tragic turn after Nintendo sent a threatening email to the owners of those fan sites. In addition to making demands concerning the immediate removal of web content that directly or indirectly relates to Pokémon Black – Pokémon White, Nintendo also cautioned the webmasters to prepare themselves for the worst.
Take a look at the following email that Nintendo sent to the fan site developers;
“While Nintendo appreciates your interest in and support of the Pokémon game series, your publication of this content infringes Nintendo’s copyrights in violation of federal law. Your activity also and has the potential to cause substantial damage to Nintendo, and leaves Nintendo with no choice but to take steps to protect its intellectual property rights.
We have accordingly submitted a copyright infringement notice to your domain registrar under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and anticipate that your website will be taken down shortly. We encourage you to immediately remove from your website all graphics, screenshots, and other protected content taken from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White games. Going forward, you must also refrain from posting any screenshots, videos, or other content that infringes Nintendo’s rights in the Pokémon series or any other game.
Your full and immediate compliance with the foregoing should render further action on Nintendo’s part unnecessary. It is essential that we receive your written response confirming that you have taken these necessary actions by Sunday, September 19, 12:00 p.m. PDT, however, or Nintendo will have no choice but to consider its alternative legal remedies.“
For Christ’s sake, why is Nintendo being so icky?