Nintendo declared victory on a website it took to court over game piracy.
The company had fallen out with Dstorage because it previously required the shared hosting site’s operator to remove unauthorized games it was hosting. Since nothing was done, legal action was pursued.
The Paris Judicial Court previously sided with Nintendo in May 2021. However, as a follow-up, the Court of Appeal ordered Dstorage to pay Nintendo €442,750 plus €25,000 in legal fees. Dstorage can appeal, but otherwise the case will be over.
Nintendo said in a statement:
Nintendo is pleased with the decision of the Court of Appeal in Paris, because it once again sends a clear message that if access to unauthorized copies of video games is refused or withdrawn despite prior notification, hosting services such as Dstorage (1fichier) are liable under the French language It shall remove or block access to such content and may be liable to pay compensation to rights holders whose intellectual property rights have been infringed,” the company wrote in its statement.
The court’s decision of liability against Dstorage is significant not only for Nintendo, but the entire gaming industry as well. It will prevent rights holders like 1Fichier from claiming that a prior court decision is needed before pirated content can be removed, plus the court decision confirms what rights holders must provide notice when claiming that reported content infringes copyright or trademark rights. .
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