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Again in February, somebody leaked greater than 200 pages of an artwork e book from the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and Nintendo needs to know who: A TorrentFreak report says the corporate has filed a DMCA subpoena with Discord, looking for the identification of a person who shared the photographs.

The photographs have been solely up briefly earlier than Nintendo despatched its preliminary DMCA takedown request, which Discord responded to very promptly—in simply eight minutes, in accordance with the report—with a promise to take down the artwork e book content material. A number of hours later, Nintendo requested that the channel named “Tears of the Kingdom Official Discord Server” even be taken offline as a result of a few of its members have been nonetheless sharing the leaked content material.

Naturally, that was not the tip of it. On April 7, attorneys for Nintendo filed a subpoena looking for the actual identification of Discord person Julien#2743, “together with the identify(s), deal with(es), phone quantity(s), and e-mail addresses(es),” for posting the content material on the Discord channel. The submitting says the knowledge might be used “for the needs of defending the rights granted to NOA [Nintendo of America] beneath the Copyright Act.” Because the infringing content material is already gone, that may solely imply that Nintendo is seeking to set an instance.

This is not the primary time {that a} game firm has known as within the attorneys to go after a Discord person: Genshin Affect writer Cognosphere did the identical factor in December 2022 to seek out out the identification of well-known leaker often called Ubatcha. And sadly for Julien#2743, as we famous in that story, Discord is not prone to struggle the request: Flings like this one are largely a formality to make sure that the businesses concerned are assembly their authorized obligations.