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Nintendo's got everyone scurrying for dark corners



  • @sano said in Nintendo's got everyone scurrying for dark corners:

    So retropie itself shouldn't be targeted, as long as the project does not provide any content.

    Well to any company, us and the bastards who sell Retropie Game Consoles on Ebay are one and the same.



  • @lilbud I wouldn't say we are the same to them. See it this way, they think we are the source. If the RetroPie community wouldn't exist and the software wouldn't be developed, then the grey market couldn't build the devices that easily for free and sell it.


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    @sano said in Nintendo's got everyone scurrying for dark corners:

    Video game emulation advocates have asserted that Sony vs. Connectix established the legality of emulators within the United States.

    That precedent would likely provide a strong defense, should the matter ever go to court. However, it wouldn't protect anyone from actually going to court. Fighting something like this could potentially take years and more money than most could afford. Big companies know this and often use it as a tool to eliminate smaller advisories. That being said, there's currently no indication that any company is looking to eliminate emulation. I also don't believe there's any reason to think that's going to change, so long as their attention remains where it belongs, with the entities who are actually infringing on their intellectual property.



  • @mediamogul Without prying too much - how's it going getting eBay and Amazon to recognize that RPi is yours (as in the RPi team) and you should be able to report and eliminate the idiots using it for profit?


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    @classicgmr said in Nintendo's got everyone scurrying for dark corners:

    how's it going getting eBay and Amazon to recognize that RPi is yours (as in the RPi team)

    The resolution to the trademark dispute was detailed here. As far as leveraging that for eBay and Amazon misuse, I'm not really sure. I'm certain it'll still be tough, as neither outfit seems to care very much as long as they get their cut of the money. eBay has even begun condoning game piracy to a degree, by creating a specific category dedicated to reproductions. Most aren't even labeled as repros in any way, allowing the buyer to in-turn sell the the games at a higher price to the unsuspecting as legitimate copies.



  • @buzz said in Nintendo's got everyone scurrying for dark corners:

    I don't believe that the primary goal of many of these sites is preservation. I suspect making money is the priority. They are all covered in advertising. I don't care at all about these sites being taken down.

    You should care. Who will now stop the hordes of people asking for ROMs here? :P



  • @matchaman Nintendo, when they find out this has turned into a rom site šŸ˜œ



  • When will Nintendo go after those who sell Raspberry Pis and USBs filled with ROMs on Amazon/EBAY/etc? They are doing way more of a "crime" than these ROMs sites ever do with hosting ROMs with Ads. THese people are literally reselling their IPs are high margins.


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    @shizzmoney said in Nintendo's got everyone scurrying for dark corners:

    They are doing way more of a "crime" than these ROMs sites ever do with hosting ROMs with Ads. THese people are literally reselling their IPs are high margins.

    I completely agree that sellers should be dealt with, but they aren't really on the same level. We can't gauge these sites specifically, but similar ad-driven warez sites brought down in the past were found to pull in thousands of dollars a day easily and sometimes much more. Individual unit sales of pirate game consoles are dwarfed by comparison.



  • @shizzmoney As long as we don't know neither of their margins or sales numbers, I think it's impossible to tell who's more criminal than the other. From Nintendo's viewpoint, the amount of distribution could be more important than the profit of the distributor, and a download site might outdo a hardware seller in the number of distributed roms significantly.

    edit: @mediamogul beat me to it with more knowledge in the matter. ;)



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