Meme Run removed from Nintendo eShop for breaching Trollface copyright
Meme Run was mysteriously removed from the Nintendo eShop earlier this week, and while Ninja Pig Studio’s Jordan Schuetz has been remarkably silent over the matter once voice has stepped in to explain the situation.
The endless-running platformer draws on multiple Internet memes, but apparently made the regrettable choice of using them without permission. After unsuccessfully trying to discuss the matter with Schuetz, Trollface creator Carlos Ramirez had to resort to sending a DMCA takedown notice to Nintendo in seeking to have his work credited – apologising for the inconvenience of the game’s sudden disappearance.
“There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the disappearance of Meme Run from the eShop, so I thought I’d help clear things up since its creator doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge it publicly,” Ramirez shared on Reddit.
“A handful of you might remember me, but (hopefully) most of you probably have no clue who I am. To keep it brief, I own the copyright to the Trollface image, and seeing as the image was the ‘star’ of Meme Run, I sent a DMCA takedown notice to Nintendo and want to try and settle the matter amicably. I don’t really intend to have a discussion on fair use or explain my motivations beyond the fact that my business with other parties compels me to make sure that instances of copyright infringement are addressed and resolved. Typically the result in these matters is simply having the use of the image be credited, recovering some kind of monetary compensation, or simply have it removed from the work.
“To that end, takedown notices are a necessary first step to quickly open a direct line of communication with the offending party and work on remedying the situation.
“I did try to reach out to the creator earlier this year and obtain the information I needed, but he claimed that he was not at liberty to speak about his relationship with Nintendo or any of the particulars regarding the game’s sales data. My lawyer had been busy working on another case (which I am actually not at liberty to talk about lest I void the terms of our agreement) and I prefer to let him handle the matter of my legal representation, so I sort of dragged my feet on actually setting this in motion so he could wrap up our current case.
“So, whatever you may have thought of Meme Run, its absence might only be temporary. For those of you who were hoping to pick it up and missed their opportunity, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.”