Nintendo is well known for being understandably protective over its products and trademarks, so it comes as little surprise that the gaming giant has taken legal action on a Kickstarter campaign found guilty of copyright infringement.
The ‘New Adventures Passport Travel Holder’ launched with a funding target of £1,000, giving backers a passport holder, luggage tags and lanyard for their cash. That might sound innocent enough on its own, but advertising promoted the product as a "cute animal pattern passport cover for your new adventures crossing the horizons!" (Emboldened words added for emphasis).
Oh, and it looks like this.
The Kickstarter page now reads, "New Adventures Passport Travel Holder is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable". It reportedly managed to earn £34,000 in backer support before the shutdown.
A DMCA claim (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) can also be found online.
Nintendo owns copyrights in all aspects of its Animal Crossing video game franchise, including but not limited to the audio-visual work, imagery, and fictional character depictions covered by U.S. Copyright...
The reported campaign displays images of Nintendo's copyright-protected Animal Crossing characters and images in connection with the creation of products that make unauthorized use of Nintendo's Animal Crossing characters and images, all in violation of Nintendo's rights.
In other recent legal news, Nintendo has targetted a number of Super Mario projects in PS4 title Dreams, and had its request to dismiss a Joy-Con drift lawsuit rejected.
When will people learn not to mess with Nintendo, huh?