Nintendo Cracks Down on Game Clones
Ardiri.com has removed Donkie Kung, Donkie Kung Jr, and Maryo Bros from its site after Nintendo sent it a cease and desist order. Nintendo said these games "are clear violations of Nintendo's rights in the characters and audio visual works protected by U.S. and international copyrights and trademarks".
Aaron Ardiri tried to argue that these weren't just ports of the original games to the Palm platform. He said, "These games have been developed from scratch, in a 'clean room' environment - without source codes, graphic files or documentation which belong to Nintendo.
However, Nintendo still claimed that "Donkie Kung, Donkie Kung Jr. and Maryo Bros. are clear violations of Nintendo's rights in the characters and audio visual works protected by U.S. and international copyrights and trademarks, regardless of how these software were created."
Mr. Ardiri then decided to remove the games. As he said in an interview, "I don't need to mess with legal issues like this - it'll cost us a lot of money, and, international copyright is a very touchy subject.. i think our users would prefer we focused on more games."
Current owners of the games can still post high scores on the Ardiri website but the three games can no longer be downloaded from the site and no new registrations are being accepted.
"Nintendo has no plans of licensing - and, they don't even make these games anymore.. so, they will be lost forever," said Mr. Ardiri.
Thanks to Wayne for the tip. -Ed
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