That ship has sailed
Nintendo has won yet another legal battle against a website that facilitates piracy of its games across various platformers.
The Paris Court of Appeals sided with Nintendo in a lawsuit against share-hosting website operator Dstorage, saying they were liable for failing to block access to pirated Nintendo games available on the filehosting website 1fichier.com. Nintendo previously demanded that Dstorage remove these unauthorized uploads, and when Dstorage didn’t comply, Nintendo took the situation to court. Dstorage now has to pay €442,750 to Nintendo in compensation, as well as €25,000 to cover legal fees.
Nintendo has released a statement on this legal victory, which you can read in full below.
“Nintendo is pleased with the decision of the Paris Court of Appeals, as it again sends a clear message that in refusing to remove or withdraw access to unauthorized copies of video games despite prior notification, sharehosting services such as Dstorage (1fichier) are liable under French law and must remove or block access to such content and may be liable to pay compensation to those rights holders whose intellectual property rights have been infringed.
The Court’s finding of liability against Dstorage is significant not only for Nintendo, but also for the entire games industry. It will prevent sharehosters like 1Fichier from claiming that a prior decision from a court will be needed before pirated content has to be taken down, and additionally the Court decision confirms what rights holders have to give notice of when claiming that notified content infringes copyright or trademark rights.”