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Valve has removed Dolphin from Steam after receiving a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice from Nintendo. In late March, the developers of Dolphin, an open-source emulator that can run most GameCube and Wii titles, announced that they would be bringing the free app to Valve storefronts. In a May 26 legal notice confirmed by Nintendo’s legal team has asked Valve to remove Dolphin from Steam, accusing the emulator of violating the company’s intellectual property rights.
“The Dolphin Emulator violates Nintendo’s intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, rights under the Circumvention and Anti-Trafficking Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 USC § 1201, and you We hereby inform you of your obligation to remove the offer of the Dolphin Emulator from the Steam store,” the document states.
With this notice, the Dolphin team has two options for how to proceed. You can choose to counterclaim against Valve, claiming that the emulator does not violate Nintendo’s alleged DMCA, or follow the takedown notice. If the team files an appeal, Nintendo will have two weeks to decide whether to file a lawsuit.As PC gamer It’s unclear whether the company actually intends to sue Dolphin, according to the company. However, a lawsuit could have far-reaching repercussions for emulators. The Dolphin team is currently deciding what to do next.
“It is with great regret that we have to announce that the release of Dolphin on Steam has been postponed indefinitely,” said the Dolphin Emulation Project. . “We have been notified by Valve that Nintendo has issued a DMCA suspension order against Dolphin’s Steam page and has removed Dolphin from Steam until the issue is resolved. We are currently reviewing our options and are close to We plan to do more in the future.” As of this writing, the Dolphin Emulator is still available for download at: and GitHub page. The Dolphin team did not receive a direct takedown notice from Nintendo.