Look But Don’t Touch. Latest Tecmo Naked Lawsuit

Geeks named and shamed over DOA skin flicks.

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Look But Don’t Touch. Latest Tecmo Naked Lawsuit
Tecmo US has issued a legal writ against a bunch of hobbyist coders for undressing the curvy female forms of the Dead or Alive girls, it was revealed yesterday.

The mastermind pair, amusingly and embarrassingly named by the Ninja Gaiden company as Mike Greiling of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Will Glynn from Davie, Florida, for alleged violations of U.S. copyright law and the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The move comes following a private investigation into Ninjahacker.net, the web’s leading portal of undressed videogame ladies.

According to Tecmo, skins for characters from various games had been generated and distributed, often depicting them as being totally naked. And of course Tecmo, a staunch defender of women’s equal rights, found this exploitation unacceptable.

"We believe it is our duty to uphold the integrity of our work," said John Inada, general manager for Tecmo, in a statement. "Hacking of this kind will not be tolerated and we intend to take all necessary measures to protect our intellectual property!"

Tecmo also shows that it’s taking one for the team too, not just throwing its toys out of its pram and gifting a lawyer a new Ferrari. And as Tecmo spokesperson Melody Pfeiffer explains, there's a principle at stake. "Hackers, if they're allowed to do this kind of thing, will be allowed to hack into any game, anywhere. We spent millions of dollars to develop these games, and people are coming in and changing the code to their liking, and that's illegal."

Well actually, it might be illegal, though it probably isn’t. Jason Schultz, an attorney with the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation points out a few key facts. "This complaint is absurd. The law allows for fair use of other people's copyrighted works without any permission needed, and one of the key things that you're allowed to do is make copies in order to reverse engineer and understand how they work. If they'd offered a competing video game with Tecmo's code in it, it's a legal issue. But here, they have simply offered a way for legitimate game owners to modify how the game looks on their screen. Its like a home customization kit. It's not competing in any way with Tecmo's product. In fact, you have to own Tecmo's product to use this stuff."

And you have to feel sorry for defendant Will Glynn. “Basically, I was hosting this website," he says. "I don't own an Xbox and I wasn't into modding or skinning things.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Tecmo has reacted angrily to DOA hackers.
Though if the company will insist on releasing a humping pillow of all things, it can only be expected.

As to whether Tecmo’s justice team will prevail in ridding the world of this filth remains to be seen. We’ll keep you updated.

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Comments

LUPOS 10 Feb 2005 13:10
1/10
i love team ninja dearly, ninja gaiden is one of the best game sever made in my opinion (atleast top ten if nto top five), but this is just stupid. We all know damn well Itagaki san has some sort of weird virtual gril friend Kasumi on his computer at home that "keeps him entertained". Hes probably just pissed of that so many other people have seen his chics tata's! It's like finding footage of your girl on a girls gone wild tape... can't blame the camera man.
Rod Todd 10 Feb 2005 14:05
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As to whether Tecmo’s justice team will prevail in ridding the world of this filth remains to be seen. We’ll keep you updated.


Dudes, you mean Tecmo's legal team. Justice refers to " The principle of moral rightness; equity."

This travesty of justice refer to a bunch of fat arrogant ambulance-chasing lawyer w****rs encouraging an arrogant and greedy company to persecute everyday people randomly.

It is the very opposite of justice.

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scanman 10 Feb 2005 20:57
3/10
This is just silly and TEcmo are going to lose a lot of friends with this stupidity

Heres what I say you might do if you think this is stupid ....


DONT BUY ANY MORE OF TECMOS GAMES

LUPOS 10 Feb 2005 21:06
4/10
scanman wrote:

DONT BUY ANY MORE OF TECMOS GAMES



now lets not be rash here! Im going to have a hard enough time not buying the next burnout, and EA has done way more to piss peopel off than this one suit. They will most likely loose it anyway.

Yes i am a bit of a hipocrit but team ninja makes way better games than EA and so far is only a little stupid, not really a problem. If they start doing a lot of this then that opinion may change.

I am very curious what instigated this assault. Do you think itagaki and/or team ninja had something to do with it or is it just Tecmo Execs being bastards?
Ditto 11 Feb 2005 09:21
5/10
I must say that I think that Tecmo's position is a tad abusrd, especially with EA/id activly encoraging modding.

In "The Rise of Computer Game Culture", the author points to modding as one of the reasons PC games in particular are successes. He points to Counter-Strike as a mod that was adopted by a publisher.
kid_77 11 Feb 2005 10:04
6/10
Melody Pfeiffer wrote:
Hackers, if they're allowed to do this kind of thing, will be allowed to hack into any game, anywhere. We spent millions of dollars to develop these games, and people are coming in and changing the code to their liking, and that's illegal.


This is such a load of bollox. If hackers were changing textures, and then selling the games on, then I'd question the morals of these actions.

Anyhow, I hope they don't catch on to my modding...



Seamless.
NiktheGreek 11 Feb 2005 10:26
7/10


Eeep, looks like Nik is lawyer-fodder. You saw nothing...
vault 13 11 Feb 2005 18:38
8/10
kid_77 wrote:
Melody Pfeiffer wrote:
Hackers, if they're allowed to do this kind of thing, will be allowed to hack into any game, anywhere. We spent millions of dollars to develop these games, and people are coming in and changing the code to their liking, and that's illegal.


This is such a load of bollox. If hackers were changing textures, and then selling the games on, then I'd question the morals of these actions.

Anyhow, I hope they don't catch on to my modding...



Seamless.


It's true! Just think where we would be if we didn't have Simspon's Doom or Nude Raider. I'm afraid to think what lowly internet geeks in their mother's basement would be forced to do? Go outside?! (*gasp) Have a social life!? (*egad)

Yes, yes folks, this lawsuit is bad. Geeks need something to fill the time between Battlestar Galatica and downloading Sarah Michelle Gellar fake porn. Just think of them trying to "get jiggy with it" at the club. (*shudder)
LUPOS 11 Feb 2005 18:43
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vault 13 wrote:
Just think of them trying to "get jiggy with it" at the club. (*shudder)


It's true... ive seen vault at the club... theres a reason its so dark in those places.
vault 13 11 Feb 2005 18:54
10/10
LUPOS wrote:
It's true... ive seen vault at the club... theres a reason its so dark in those places.


He only goes there to scope on the hot italian men shaped like turtles. It's true, I've seen him there.
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