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I got a Cease and Desist Order from Nintendo!?

4/1/09 by HadoukenDude
Updated 4/2/09

Wow, I can't believe this. I do not even know where to start. Well, I guess I could share this with the people here and show them what's going on:
I received this e-mail early in the morning:

"Dear Mr. Victor Fiori:
It has come to our attention that you have made an unauthorized use of our copyrighted work entitled The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords in the preparation of a work derived therefrom. We have reserved all rights in the work, first published in February 21st 1986 to present day. Your work entitled "Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Misadventures is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis, for example: Copyrighted characters, backgrounds, artwork and music.
As you neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for "Legend of Zelda: Four Swords" nor to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, I believe you have willfully infringed our rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.

We demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by 04/15/2009, indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, we shall take further actions against you.
Very truly yours,

Reginald Fils-Aimé, President of NOA
Satoru Iwata, President and CEO, Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director of Nintendo Co., Ltd."

By the looks of it, Nintendo decided to put their foot down when it comes to authors making sprite related stuff or using copyrighted Nintendo characters in an author's story. I'm shocked, yet at the same time disappointed by this. Looks like Nintendo doesn't appreciate my interpretation of "The Legend of Zelda" and now I'm being forced to stop my Zelda series and work on more original content. What choice do I have? Four Swords Misadventures is now cancelled. I guess its back to the old drawing board. This is total Bull. I'm sorry guys... : (
Update: April Fools!


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ChdongaChdonga

4/27/09

Lol @ China rules improvement.


bart95bart95

4/26/09

damn you nintendo!, DAMN YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!
!!!!!!!! DX<


jasonapogjasonapog

4/24/09

WOah!!?? Looks like they're taking this seriously... Too bad... I really liked it... Bull Dog and a SHITZU!!!

4/25/09 HadoukenDude responds:

The whole thing was an April Fools joke. It's not even true. Read the date it was posted.

man, you guys are so easy to fool. Even after April 1st.


AkaryDDLAkaryDDL

4/24/09

IsTHIS TRUE????
BECAUSE IM GOING TO UMM... suicidar X.


Well i'm conviced enough and I say holy hell on a stick when I read that today(20 april) I didn't know it was posted on April 1st...Boy I feel like a retard... I was actually crying when I first read it!


Wait its just a joke right RIGHT!!!!!!! please tell me its a joke PLEASE


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


FigterFigter

4/18/09

More trustable than the NG china thing tho


ahhh man good joke i almost got "how could this happen to me " on my ass like red was gonna do it . LOL well ....hope to see FSM soon

p.s: dont you ever fucking do that again .....or else (scary grin) big fan here in mexico keep up the good work


Wow, I see this so late. Would have had more of an affect if I read it on the respective day!

Man, why is it that Zelda-related April Fools pranks can be so out-there yet effective at the same time (I mean: the Futuristic Zelda game being made with assistance from Square Enix? A Legend of Zelda MOVIE)?

I guess one could never know.


B0Z0RAMAB0Z0RAMA

4/17/09

lol I agree with MacsterStudios.


If Nintendo were spending more time on NG, almost every user would have get that kind of mail, especially those who make NiN10doh!.


O MAN you got me good there i thought you were serious- then i saw april fools so shheeesh...but hah that was funny!


monkaybomonkaybo

4/16/09

APRIL FOOLS!!!!! wow good one I almost believed that. Phew!! Thank god there is gonna be more. You have done a great work. Hell you are making the Zelda series even more popular. Good one dude.


Ah shit, I was getting let down with that untill I read the end, nice one, can't wait to see more of that badass series!


For a second I didn't really think anything but then I was like "Hahahah, April Fools!" I still remember when you "quitted" Flash last year.


Conan198Conan198

4/13/09

You!
You scared the crap out of me wth is wrong with you!!
I cried for minutes until i read april fools!


qwertytinyqwertytiny

4/13/09

...damn,that sucks...


skater007skater007

4/13/09

Shut up, we need more MK Mishaps!


W...TF how did this got all screwy i dont think thats a aprils fools joke i mean the letter is well written ......wow ahhh man and i wanted so much to see the end of four swords misadventures....please please tell everyone is aq joke .....tell them....TELL THEM.... "SOB SOB" T_T

4/13/09 (Updated 4/13/09) HadoukenDude responds:

Read the date it was posted. This was all an April fools joke (dia de los inocentes en los Estados Unidos para que tengas idea). It's not true at all!


WEll done man. surprised no one could have realized it was a April fools joke given the day which was the post was made.


AnotherGuyAnotherGuy

4/11/09

wow u had me going lol i was gonna miss those links


B0Z0RAMAB0Z0RAMA

4/10/09

lol nice joke. You almost got me. I MEAN ALMOST. you killed the joke in this part: "...or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by 04/15/2009...". There are like 3 errors in here:
1- Miyamoto never uses the word "destroy" (everyone knows he's a cool guy);
2- I am sure he (Miyamoto) would feel honored to see a flash dedicated to his work;
3- The month 15 doesn't exist (duh).

Also a nice one but I can't believe there's some people who keep thinking that the e-mail was serious, even with the "Uptade: April Fools!" at the end of the text. Have a nice day.


LobolopezLobolopez

4/10/09

Oh my god mother fucker you are going to kill us!
You really tricked on me!


Holy Crap! I didn't know you were joking!


lol :P
Dang, you really had me going there for minute!


AS2-16AS2-16

4/8/09

I almost believed it...

then I saw: April Fools


Don't ever, EVER, f**king scare me like that...


Oh, DAMN! You totally freakin' SCARED me!!!!!!!! I'm totally gullible and would've believed that if you hadn't put "April Fools" at the bottom!!!!!! OH, but i have to admit.....that was a good prank.


Goten849Goten849

4/6/09

Wow at first I fell for it you got me Hadouken Dude. Since I didn't notice the date I didn't realize it would be an april fools joke, lol.


crap i just realized i accidently left two comments O_o sorry 'bout that!


NOOOOOOOO plz tell me this is a just an april fools joke! because i can't watch your greatest thing ever die T_T! and also like everyone else said below me watch out for the ninjas O_o


OMG please tell me this is just a joke!! because i love this series and it's VERY saddening to watch it die :( and i also can't wait to see the finale come! and like everyone else said watch out for the ninjas O_o


I really hope isn't a serious matter.


Wow! That really had me convinced until the "update" part. Good one!


ThaleThale

4/4/09

thank god shit a hate it when stories go unfinished but that letter was really convincing


thats a fucking good one


ThaleThale

4/3/09

wait was this a joke or r u surious

4/3/09 HadoukenDude responds:

April fools! it was all a joke. You should have noticed it by now.


Riku1858Riku1858

4/3/09

And I also forgot to mention that if they did this to you, then they have to get every other flash creator who made something using game sprites on this site too, including the source of where you got the sprite sheets as well.


Riku1858Riku1858

4/3/09

But haven't you left disclaimers on every episode???

By putting a disclaimer, you are saying that you acknowledge the original creator of the art (or in this cask, the game sprites), as is the other stuff that you put there. And its not like that you're doing it for money either, right?

So seriously, that was a total BS move on their part, and you can really haul their asses in court.


April fool's joke? Why not. I could make up an e-mail like that. Also, why would the CEO of Nintendo e-mail some one? Woldn't you think they'd use a more official means of communication, like a written letter?

Who reminds readers that it's April fool's underneath a serious entry such as this?
Obviously, there was no e-mail sent ordering the discontinuation of the four swords misadventures series. And if you don't believe me, find something else to waste your time on, until I am proven correct.


dude, uncool april fools. x.x but very nicely exicuted and funny none the less. lol kinda mean though. : (


What the helllllllllllllll! I loved 4 swords. I hate nintendo


deswendeswen

4/2/09

hehe. had a feeling about this after i had posted and started thinking clearly again. i gotta stop playing Bioshock before getting on NG. its drivin me insane. no matter, at least we will still get to see FSM when you get around to it.
yay.


The Second I read it was made by the Reginator I knew what it was. He made no references to kicking your ass or "chewing bubble gum"


I knew it...
Your e-mail seemed valid but yeh. Just HAPPENED to be on April Fools.


yoyo121yoyo121

4/2/09

We know this but im sure you got some of us on the run including retarded me oh well good luck with 7 and i noticed about your last MKM flash its good


They can not do this man i mean loz missadvetures is a funny ass show and nice joke lol


e-vile-vil

4/1/09

(i finally found a way to say @pril Foools without it being changed into China Rules)


e-vile-vil

4/1/09

at first i believed it, but then i remembered the date... @pril Foools!