Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

REDMOND, Washington, October 3, 2000 -- Nintendo is trying to catch 'em all. Internet cybersquatters, that is. Nintendo of America Inc. today filed a mass domain name lawsuit in Federal Court in Seattle, Washington, against 55 web domain names alleging the web sites willfully infringe the trademarks of its popular Pokémon ® brand and characters.

The suit alleges that the registration of Pokémon-related Internet domain names constitutes trademark infringement, dilution and cyberpiracy, a violation of the Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act, and unfair or deceptive trade practices. Nintendo has targeted domain names that are attempting to profit from the overwhelming commercial success of Pokémon. Nintendo is seeking monetary damages, a transfer of all the domain names to Nintendo, and an immediate injunction against the transferring or registering of any domain names likely to infringe on Nintendo trademarks.

"These web sites are an obvious attempt to profit illegally from the success of Pokémon," says Richard Flamm, Nintendo's vice president, legal and general counsel. "Nintendo is intent on protecting its brands and properties against any attempt of cybersquatting."

Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than 1 billion video games worldwide, has created such industry icons as Mario® and Donkey Kong® and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda® and PokémonTM. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy® - the world's best-selling video game system. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in North America.

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Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

There are to many damn consoles, get lost everybody, just 2 is enough. SO either Dreamcast, PS2, Cube or Xbox DIE DIE ONE OF YOU. People have a tough time choosing one console and buying games let alone freaking 4!! DC WILL DIE MOST PROBABLY LOL and X-BOX well US SUCKS JAPANESE RULES, ASIANS RULE well not really everybody is equal and he or she determines their path.

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

I cant believe everyone is loving/slating the next generation of consoles which havent even come out yet! No one except the manufacturers know what the games are gonna play like, or know how fun the hardware will be. I have never wasted my money on a console since I had a Sega Master System, Ive had a PC for 6yrs and I can still use all the games I brought for it, does anyone know any consoles that can do that?? x-box might be upgradeable - but I doubt it. Nintendo really are cheap & nasty for sueing web sites that probably arent doing any dammage anyway - they have enough cash! I think they're just doing it for the publicity

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

Don't anyone dare compare a concole to the pc..the pc has one major advantageThe screen resolution!can you play the psx,psx2,n64,dreamcast1024/768 or higher NO.when the console manf. realize this then you might see a differencethe only game that i agree that comes close in graphics on the pc is soul reaver for the dreamcast.try unrealtourment at 1600 by 1200and you see what i mean.try and do that on a standard tv i don't think so!

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

Come now, Playstation 2 will kick ass all the PC Outthere. PC Gamers are just full of shit!! Spending money on there system, so that they can get games and gameplay that Console provides. All the fools who paid over 300.00 on a video card, How many games will actually take advantage of it? compared to how may games out there the console. Beside Playstation 2 video wil out perform any PC video card. And cost as much as what you paid for that video card alone. So stop dreaming......

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

Hmmm. Why am i looking at this page,Nentindo sux, oh no i slandered them now there gonna sue me too. Who cares if a few small timers get a profit from pokemon, I wonder how many millions the company has made off it. I think we should all boycott Nintendo, and seeing as how it sux in the first place compared to the computer that won't be a huge sacrifice. Who's woth me boycott it now!!!!!!

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

Are they joking????? What the **** do we care> pokemon a piece of lame arse shit that is on the market. And all the little gay faggoty kids go and buy. POKEMON IS ****ING GAY! Kill them all. Burn their balls. If nintendo is going to do this then they are ****ing dimwits. There sails are so ****ing crap that even a 32 bit playstation kicks their arse. Playstation is SHIT (the games are good). Nintendo 64 Is even shitter. Little ****en 'kiddies machine' **** NINTENDO. AND ****, I SAY ****! **** POKEMON TO DEATH!!!! Long live microsoft Xbox.

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

How much money do Nintendo think they are going to get. Sueing a poor site featuring "Pokemon" isn't going to do much except people who now think Nintendo is a woosy shit company. Most sites with pokemon are made by little kids (10 - 15 years old)There is no way that they will be able to win a court argument against nintendo. They barely could spend about $400. I think Nintendo is going to get bad-mouthed badly for this stunt.

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

man nintendo is fuking brain dead thinking if they gonnastop anything ...who cares if some mom and pop online store or what ever is using there stupid pokemon name is nintendo that despreate for cash since the failure of the piece of shint n64 hit the sheleves may be they need some x-tra money to bring out the game cube ,but why waste money on suing a nickel and dime operation when u r gonna spend twice the amount on lawyers to get the uit up ..and who says these sites have any money tto give if they lose o well

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

OK, i dont think sueing is a bad idea, you just have to think about it for a minute. Even though there F***ing rich and like they need extra cash or anything, they cant just let other f***ing people profit off of them. If you had something that you invented and makin ur living off of it, you wouldnt want some person taking your shit and selling it for there own buisness needs.You would say "Hey! get your own toy and sell it to little kids you f***ing sh*t, before i kill you"

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

well, in my opinion, they're not looking for money, but thier more looking for keeping thier domain names. and yes, anyone registering a name like pokemoncool.com that is profiting in any way is copyright infringement by law:) the only way it is legal is if u get a certificate of copyright use from nintendo saying u can have that domain name. really, if i owned a software company i wouldn't want anyone making money of my software.

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

nintendo is running outta cash again and need to do extremely stupid things...they'll put up a fight for no absolute reason or there is a reason but many others have absorbed it unlike nintendo...there are plenty of sites with icons like lara croft and spyro, tony hawk and crash... u don't see anyone complaining at SONY... also, there is the final fantasy...PS2 RULZ... GAMECUBE (who thought of the name?????)

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

Hey StaZ ur a ****ing bent **** to think that nintendo can make and sell better games than any PS or PS2 games makers. May I remind you which console sold out 2 years in a row. I dont think it was the Shitendo 64. I'm with Paul on dis one. A500/A500+ was the best games machine of its time.(Nintendo hav never been the best + never will cos people would rather pirate the on good game they have. An shitymon aint that great.

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

AH!all you playstation fanatics!!you really think the playstaion 2 is the shit? Right now in japan, most ppl in japan only buy the thing for its DVD capablity, and there isnt even any really good games out for it. To program a ****ing game is so hard for developers cause they intergrated to many things and the system is a bunch of crap thats worth too much. But, even then, tons of ppl are gonna buy the ps2 when it comes out, its gonna be mayhem, but i think its way too hyped, i think the gamecube( ahh jeez...) is gonna do better. You guys may think im a ****ing dumb ass or whatever, but programing on the system is supposed to be very easy(so says developers)so more games wil be on the gamecube.THE PUNISHER, where is that site?

Nintendo Seeks Legal Action Against Over 50 Web Sites

I like some of nintendo's stuff. I like some of Playstation's stuff. I love stuff for the PC(keep in mind that I didn't buy a PC just to play games). Hell, Sega even has some good stuff.Do i have tons of money to spend on everything, NO. I've played all systems and only committed to the Playstation for the nice selection. Every system beats and is beaten by every other system. It's the gameplay and fun factor that wins in the end.I mean, DAMN!! Why do you all gotta be cussing eachother out and dogging systems like it's really that serious??

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