NINTENDO LAWYERS have swooped in to stop people having fun and playing a fan-made spin on the No Man's Sky game that has a moustached cartoon plumber.
The plumber is Mario and the game is No Mario's Sky. If you are aware of No Man's Sky, you might be able to see what happened here. Nintendo saw and lawyers were summoned, brows furrowed and takedowns put in motion.
The short version of this is that Mario is no longer in the Sky and the lawyers are happy. The developers are not happy and have bounced back with a new spin that does not feature an overweight, but skilled, labourer.
"Due to a copyright claim by Nintendo we've had to take the game down. Please check out our new game: DMCA's Sky," the developers said on the game's page.
"Thanks everyone for playing and enjoying our little fan game. We would love to see an official Nintendo game in this style - a Mario Galaxy-style game in 2D within a procedurally-generated universe."
Presumably Nintendo isn't so keen on that idea, at least not if it comes from a unlicensed third party. Some commenters, we'll assume game downloaders, suggested that the firm came in hard with a takedown notice when a polite letter might have had the same result.
Nintendo, of course, owns a copyright on the little fat man in dungarees, and without copyright protection we would have anarchy.
The takedown request has been published by the No Mario's Sky developers, an outfit called ASMB. It comes from Brian Sniffen, attorney for Nintendo of America, and it does not mess about.
"I have a good faith belief that this use is not authorised by the intellectual property owner, its agent or the law. I hereby state that the information herein is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am authorised to act on Nintendo of America Inc's behalf," he said.
"We would appreciate your expeditious removal of all infringing content. Please contact me immediately with any questions." µ
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