Nintendo Takes Action on Leakers, Asks Courts to Subpoena Discord

A leak of the upcoming Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom causes Nintendo of America to ask courts to subpoena Discord for the identity of a user, according to recent Axios reporting. 

According to a recent Axios report, Nintendo of America is seeking to identify a user that leaked an art book containing over 200 pages of character and location designs for the highly-anticipated upcoming Nintendo title, Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. 

Gaming journalist Stephen Totilo shared emails from a NOALegal message from February 21, 2023, requesting that Discord take down the Tears of the Kingdom Official Discord server as members of the Discord were freely sharing images from the leaked art book. 

“… server members continue to distribute Nintendo’s copyright-protected and unreleased special edition art book for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom by posting links, instructing members to DM other members for links, and providing direct links through server posts or in their member profile information. Additionally, some members have been assigned the role of “The PDF Pirate” which identifies them as a source for PDF files of the infringing art book images.” 

Nintendo Discord Takedown Request

As of the time of writing, it appears that the Discord server still exists; however, this latest action by Nintendo may dissuade those that would otherwise be eager to share the material from doing so. 

According to an earlier report by TorrentFreak, the user Julien#2743 is specifically who Nintendo wants to identify. However, we were unable to confirm whether, indeed, this user was the source of the leak. 

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