« on: September 16, 2016, 12:09:41 am »
First: If it was because of copyright infringement, why did Nintendo wait for DocM64 to complete and release the game to C&D him then and not way before?
Maybe it just wasn't on the radar of Nintendo's legal department until dozens of gaming news sites started covering the actual release of the game.
Second: This is the link with the news on the ROM site raid: http://skirmishfrogs.com/2016/03/19/nintendo-tells-website-to-remove-2200-roms-including-hacks/
Okay, so a ROM site got busted for hosting thousands of ROMs. This isn't really news. If you're distributing full sets of unmodified Nintendo console games, you're helping people pirate games that Nintendo still makes money from. That's a pretty big reason for them to go after you.
Again, that's why Romhacking.net only deals in patches - distributing pre-patched hacks of a commercial game is, of course, equally illegal to distributing the original game.
Third: Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't a huge load of the hacks hosted here centered around Nintendo games?
You're probably correct. But given that most of the downloads are patches that themselves contain very little or no copyrighted content, the chance of this actually presenting a major legal issue is still rather small.