Emulators, Nintendo explains its position for the first time

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Nintendo has a long history of defending its intellectual property, sometimes even considered excessive. The house of Mario and Zelda is known for removing almost all traces of unwanted content, such as those related to the original music, from YouTube and the like. The latest case is related to the release of Dolphin, a well-known GameCube and Wii emulator for PC, which prompted Nintendo to publicly state its position on the matter.

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Note from Nintendo —

On the issue of emulators and piracy, themes that are not necessarily related, despite what is believed, Nintendo’s stance is quite simple (as we’ve come to understand over the years, after all). “Nintendo is committed to protecting the hard work and creativity of game engineers and developers,” a spokesperson for the US division told Kotaku. “This emulator illegally circumvents Nintendo’s security measures and runs illegal copies of games. Using illegal emulators or pirated copies of games harms development and ultimately stifles innovation. Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and expects others to do the same.”

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Dolphin and more —

In this case, Dolphin has been available for years, but the spotlight on the issue has just been turned back on because the creators decided to bring it to Steam. Perhaps fearing that the software would become too popular, Nintendo filed a DMCA notice asking Steam to remove Dolphin (not yet released, only registered for an upcoming release) from its store, which it promptly did. The Big N’s position is incomplete – as it doesn’t comment on fan games, YouTube videos and mods – but at least it’s the first time it’s seen the Japanese company explain what you think about emulation and motivate its very rigid positions on the esteem.

Source: Gazzetta It

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