October 28, 2004 | By Annalee Newitz

All Pleasure Leads to Infringement

A staffer at popular alterna-porn site Suicide Girls shared the news yesterday that he'd received a cease and desist letter from Nintendo's lawyers that's sure to make it into Chilling Effects for sheer ludicrousness.

The terrifying crimes outlined in this C & D? Apparently an SG site member listed in his profile that he likes the Nintendo video games Zelda and Metroid. And if that weren't bad enough, the word "Nintendo" subsequently appeared in the meta tags of his page -- presumably because a script trawls each page for relevant words and sticks them in the meta tags.

Hopped up on DMCA juice, the Nintendo attorneys explain that SG's "unauthorized use of the Nintendo trademark(s)/works will tarnish Nintendo's reputation." Then they promise "sanctions" under relevant law. Ah, there's nothing like a threat handed out so quickly and automatically that the accusers can't be bothered to pinpoint whether the "unauthorized use" is of a trademark, trademarks, or works.

If a mere public profession of pleasure in "trademark(s)/works" is infringement, then perhaps Creative Commons should make a new "enjoy freely" license.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

EFF kicks off intro security trainings for tech newbies at the @SFPublicLibrary tonight. Tell your friends! https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Mar 28 @ 4:49pm

See how your Representative voted on the #Broadbandprivacy repeal. Every 'yay' vote was a vote against privacy. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/20...

Mar 28 @ 4:14pm

Digital privacy needs a fierce defender, and there are many battles ahead. Please support EFF. https://supporters.eff.org/do... #broadbandprivacy

Mar 28 @ 3:06pm
JavaScript license information