Nintendo is Pursuing Legal Action Against Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom Artbook Leaker

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According to reports from TorrentFreak, Nintendo is pursuing legal action against the individual who leaked the Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom artbook.

The report states that Nintendo has filed an application for a DMCA subpoena at a district court in California following the 200-page artbook leak, which hit the internet via Discord (and subsequently Reddit) in mid-February. Initially, the leaked content was removed by Discord following a DMCA takedown notice from Nintendo, but it seems like Nintendo wants to take things one step further.

The subpoena requests that Nintendo is requesting information on the Discord user Julien#2743.

“[Nintendo of America] is requesting the attached proposed subpoena that would order Discord Inc. to disclose the identity, including the name(s), address(es), telephone number(s), and e-mail addresses(es) of the user Julien#2743, who is responsible for posting infringing content that appeared at the following channel Discord channel Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom“, says the filing.

As for what legal action will be pursued remains to be seen, but Nintendo has proven it does not take kindly to leaks in the past. Following a leak in 2019 of purposefully leaked pages from a Pokémon Sword and Shield strategy guide, Nintendo successfully sued two individuals who were fined $150,000 (£107,000 at the time) each.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is scheduled to launch on May 12, 2023, on the Nintendo Switch.

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