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Nintendo calls HTML5-based Super Mario in-browser game 'illegal'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Oct 2013 10:21 User comments (13)

Nintendo calls HTML5-based Super Mario in-browser game 'illegal' Earlier this month we reported on Full Screen Mario, a browser-based HTML5 version of the original Super Mario game.
As expected, Nintendo and its copyright lawyers are not fans of the game.

Full Screen Mario is an open-source effort started by college student Josh Goldberg. It recreates Super Mario using just HTML5, letting you play the game in your browser as opposed to on a console. The site has seen lots of traffic since its launch, at some points even being overwhelmed.

Nintendo says the content infringes on their "intellectual property rights," and has asked the student to take the site down. Goldberg admits he never got permission from Nintendo, and also admits he "didn't care" about copyright because he started the project as a programming exercise.

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13 user comments

122.10.2013 10:58

So he admits his piracy.. And he doesn't care because it was started as a programming exercise? That is some blatant disregard for the intellectual property of others. Fine if he wanted to do it for himself but once he posted it publicly on the internet that's where he broke the law. Who cares if he programmed it himself. It is still illegal.


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222.10.2013 11:27

Asking him to take it down is reasonable...as long as they don't try to take him to court and ruin his life.

If Nintendo was smart, they would find some way to capitalize on this. There's obviously a large demand to play this classic in a web browser.

Like most technical people, this guy sounds more interested in creating something/exploring technical limits than non-technical reasons something can't be done. I'm sure the guy never imagined he'd even be on the radar.

322.10.2013 11:43

Too bad the guy used their IP. Had it been an idea like Instagram, Nintendo could make him a millionaire. Instead, he just looks like a theif.

422.10.2013 13:55

Quote:
Goldberg admits he never got permission from Nintendo, and also admits he "didn't care" about copyright because he started the project as a programming exercise.
The idiot went wrong when he started asking and accepting donations. That's earning $ off Nintendo's IP, going to court Nintendo will and win, if he doesn't take it down before hand. I'm pretty sure Nintendo is seeing 0% of the profits.

522.10.2013 16:31

Nintendo is just mad that more people are playing this old classic than their precious Wii U games..lol

On a serious note, this guy WILL have to take it down...it's their IP, and they have every right to it.

622.10.2013 17:42

Agree with others... you can't do it...
But, let's just see how Nintendo responds.

Proper response would be for Nintendo to offer the guy some real money for the site and code and then continue to offer it on the web.
The Quake Live HTML5 game is HUGELY popular.

Improper response would be to make threats or to just yank it down. Because I guarantee someone has already copied it and could make it available again in a second.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

722.10.2013 17:43

I like Josh Goldberg, better that Nintendo.
He & others proof that PC gaming is unstoppable: As simple as that.


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822.10.2013 21:53

Just downloaded the source code zip package with the thought it would run without an internet connection,it does sorta,the mario screen appears in top left of browser it appears to load,music plays & the thing comes toward mario but it seems the controls are non existent,everything seems to be in the folder,maps,sounds,levels etc doh!,shame it's not packaged as a portable run browser game instead

https://github.com/Diogenesthecynic/FullScreenMario

Nintendo should employ this fella he seems to be on the ball with something they didn't think of

As for take down here's a two fingered salute to nintendo \/


923.10.2013 1:41

Originally posted by bobiroc:
So he admits his piracy.. And he doesn't care because it was started as a programming exercise? That is some blatant disregard for the intellectual property of others. Fine if he wanted to do it for himself but once he posted it publicly on the internet that's where he broke the law. Who cares if he programmed it himself. It is still illegal.
actually, it IS a bit more complicated than that. It's not as if he stole source code, or even viewed it. He did create the game entirely on his own, at worst he reproduced copyrighted images used for game graphics.

1023.10.2013 19:11

Originally posted by bobiroc:
So he admits his piracy.. And he doesn't care because it was started as a programming exercise? That is some blatant disregard for the intellectual property of others. Fine if he wanted to do it for himself but once he posted it publicly on the internet that's where he broke the law. Who cares if he programmed it himself. It is still illegal.
It's not illegal anymore than you painting the the Mona Lisa.....this is a game that is no longer supported in its current state....the only thing that is illegal is the name....he just needs to change it.
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1123.10.2013 19:18

Originally posted by papaace13:
It's not illegal anymore than you painting the the Mona Lisa.....this is a game that is no longer supported in its current state....the only thing that is illegal is the name....he just needs to change it.
Sorry you are wrong on this. Super Mario is still being supported and the character and game are the property of Nintendo. If he did this for his own personal use then there probably would not be an issue. He made the mistake of posting it online for everyone to get access to. Nintendo still offers this game for sale through it's consoles in their Virtual Console so the game itself is still relevant and supported by Nintendo. He could change the name and even skin the levels differently but it would have to change more than that. If the level design or even layout is the same or very similar Nintendo would still have a case and the right to ask it to be removed. He would have to make a whole new platformer type game that resembles nothing to Mario including the level design.

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1223.10.2013 19:20

Originally posted by jjmehm:
actually, it IS a bit more complicated than that. It's not as if he stole source code, or even viewed it. He did create the game entirely on his own, at worst he reproduced copyrighted images used for game graphics.
And that is Nintendo's issue that he used intellectual property in the characters and the game play and level design itself. Writing the code yourself is irrelevant if the game is a dead copy of an existing copyright protected game.

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1327.10.2013 11:44

What really pisses me off about this INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CRAP is the fact that IT IS BULLSHIT! Nothing should be copyright protected as long as it is today! NOTHING! Our copyright system should never have gotten this way! But a bunch of retarded corporate bitches in our government said "ok we give you what you want corporate masters"! In a correct world. Copyrights would only last long enough for the original holder to make a decent profit and THAT'S IT! Variable terms for different types of copyrighted product. The best and only way to do it.

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