Nintendo Confused About How The Web Works
from the let's-try-this-again... dept
Following the story earlier today about Rolex threatening a site for receiving fake-Rolex spam it appears that Nintendo’s lawyers are trying to surpass Rolex’s in internet cluelessness. Their lawyers are threatening a site where someone’s profile mentions their favorite video games — which happen to be Nintendo video games. The problem is that the site, SuicideGirls, is a porn site. However, there’s no actual trademark violation going on here. Trademark violation includes confusing people into believing that your product is someone else’s product. This is just someone saying they like the game, and Nintendo freaking out that someone involved in porn might dare to mention the name. Trademark doesn’t mean you own all uses of the name. It’s designed to avoid customer confusion when companies try to appear as a different company. As the owner of the site says: “I enjoy an ice cold coca cola on a hot day. Do you think Coca Cola is going to sue me for posting that?” Update: Nintendo now admits they screwed up and have apologized (and offered a free Nintendo system and game to the site owner, and the person who posted the profile).
Comments on “Nintendo Confused About How The Web Works”
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Nintendo is just clueless. They should be penalized for such a stupid lawsuit.
And now you’re going to be sued for mentioning Coca Cola. Dammit! Now I am too…
Riska, the new game not coming from Nintendo
Japanese are into virtual-character “mania” games, you know. Expect to see games like this in the US tech fringe soon.
Re: Riska, the new game not coming from Nintendo
Dude, DOWN, not ACROSS.
Coke and a smile
I don’t know, Coke has been hurting lately, maybe that’s a sound revenue growth strategy. j/k
When will these guys learn, when you sue people willy nilly only lawyers get rich. Speaking of which, I think I’m in the wrong line of work.