Since March there was information that the team in charge of this application, which allows you to play GameCube and Wii titles on PC, would be available on the Valve platform. Everything was ready for launch.
But now when the Dolphin page on Steam is visited it marks that it doesn’t exist. The reason for its removal is that Nintendo made a DMCA claim.
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In other words, this publisher and developer appealed to the Digital Age Copyright Law to act against this emulator.
The team behind the software announced that its release on this service is now indefinitely postponed, and that they received a notification about it.
Valve is the one who had the communication with the Dolphin team about Nintendo’s claim against their Steam page.
So to avoid problems, the company decided to withdraw it while this matter is resolved. It is necessary to point out that Nintendo’s action applies only to the page on the Valve platform and its distribution.
That is why Dolphin is available through other sites like the official one. But there is one more situation.
In the DMCA complaint letter that Nintendo sent to Valve there is a mention that Dolphin uses ‘cryptographic keys’ without your permission, which it uses to decrypt game ROMs at runtime or very shortly before.
What does the above mean? Well, very serious problems for this emulator, since these keys, unlike the specifications of a console, are not in the public domain. They are actually measures of a technological nature.
These cryptographic keys are from the Wii and are protected by the DMCA. According to some comments, it has been known for a long time that Dolphin includes them.
In fact, it’s years old, and since then more than one developer pointed out that this was a serious mistake, since it allowed this software to be the target of legal action.
Based on the above, the company behind Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda and other series have the law on their side.
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