Another open-source initiative that aims to assist gamers in archiving games for the future is being targeted by Nintendo. This business has a personal grudge against the practice of emulation. Through his Twitter account, programmer Simon Aarons said that Nintendo had sent a DMCA takedown complaint to Github, requesting that the website erase any references to Lockpick.
For those who need to be made aware, Lockpick is a homebrew project that enables players to dump their digital keys from games played on the Nintendo Switch. If they take these steps, they can play Nintendo Switch games on the emulators installed on their personal computers.
According to Nintendo, the takedown request was made due to an infringement of Nintendo’s copyright and an apparent means to “circumvent technological protection measures.”
According to what is written in the request, “The reported repository offers and provides access to circumvention software that infringes on Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.” With a customized Nintendo Switch console, Lockpick can circumvent Nintendo’s Technological Measures for video games. More specifically, Lockpick can circumvent the Console TPMs to enable unauthorized access, extraction, and decryption of all the cryptographic keys, including product keys, contained in the Nintendo Switch.
“The decrypted keys facilitate copyright infringement by permitting users to play pirated versions of Nintendo’s copyright-protected game software on systems without Nintendo’s Console TPMs or systems on which Nintendo’s Console TPMs have been disabled.” “The decrypted keys”
If Lockpick is taken offline, consumers will be deprived of one of the few legitimate means by which they can imitate Nintendo Switch games. Those who want to imitate games will almost certainly have to seek out alternative ways to gain access to the titles, including pirating games if they need the ability to dump the digital keys needed to play their games.
As of the time this article was published, the Lockpick repository can still be downloaded from GitHub and accessed there. As of yet, Nintendo’s request for the deletion has not been met with any answer.
The timing of Nintendo’s DMCA takedown request coincides with the very last moments before the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Even though the game will be available for purchase on May 12, it has already been pirated and can be played online via various PC emulators.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo’s new offensive against emulation and the preservation of video games?