Recently, game maker Atlus filed a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take-down notice against the developers of RPCS3, a PS3 emulator on PC, for advertising their popular JRPG, Persona 5 on their Patreon page.
Persona 5 – Take My PC!
The notice threatened to terminate the entire development of the emulator application, but even then its team refused to give into Atlus’s demands. So, as advised from Patreon itself, all references of Persona 5 were to be removed on their crowding funding page, which resolved the issue according to emulator’s team over at Reddit.
“RPCS3 is not designed to enable illegal activity. We do not promote piracy nor do we allow it under any circumstances… And whatever people may wish, there’s no way to stop any playable game from being executed on the emulator.” Says ssshadow. “We find it very interesting that Atlus would immediately try to shut down the Patreon page without any prior communication.”
In copyright law, game emulators usually fall within the gray area, as the software itself isn’t infringing on any party’s IP, but the running and owning of illegal copies of game ROMs do. RPCS3 inclusion of updates with the hopes of running Persona 5 on PC meant that funds would be generated. This most likely rubbed Atlus the wrong way as another entity would be making profit from their beloved IP.
In an announcement that soon followed, Atlus stated their reasons for issuing the DMCA, explaining that they wouldn’t want the first experiences of new players to be riddled with instability, frame-rate drops, and crashes that could potentially harm the users machine. Especially on a version they didn’t oversee, and one that would not meet their standard of quality.
Atlus goes on to acknowledge the passion of PC gamers clamoring for a Persona title on the platform. In response, they remarked that they’re paying attention on the matter, but without making any promises, so far.
You can read the full statement from Atlus, below:
“You might have heard earlier today that we issued a DMCA takedown notice involving emulation developer group RPCS3 and their Patreon page. Yes, it’s true. We settled upon this action for two reasons:
1. We believe that our fans best experience our titles (like Persona 5) on the actual platforms for which they are developed. We don’t want their first experiences to be framerate drops, or crashes, or other issues that can crop up in emulation that we have not personally overseen. We understand that many Persona fans would love to see a PC version. And while we don’t have anything to announce today, we are listening! For now, the best way to experience Persona 5 is on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
2. We appreciate the awareness generated by the emulation community for Persona 5 and know that it is a fantastic example of how much people are loving our game. We want to keep bringing you titles like Persona 5. Unfortunately, when our content is illegally circumvented and potentially made available for free, in a format we do not think delivers the experience and quality we intend, it undermines our ability to do so by diverting potential support from new audiences.”
You can also read our review of Persona 5
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