Poor Riley, he can’t seem to catch a breather. Once again while vacationing (Hawaii this time), he got notified of a second DMCA notice from Nintendo that forced him to take down his hosting website (which was part of Karen’s angelxwind.net and has also been taken down).
Nintendo has sent another notice regarding GBA4iOS, and as such http://t.co/2egsx0sRNS has been temporarily taken down (again)— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)August 6, 2014
Yes, it will be back up, but of course once again they choose to do this when I’m on vacation— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)August 6, 2014
GBA4iOS will continue working if you have it installed (and you set the date back occasionally), so you don’t need to worry about that :)— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)August 6, 2014
Just like the last notice, Nintendo was extremely vague on what exactly needs to change, although certainly don’t doubt they would love to have the whole app itself taken down. Having been featured in a myriad of popular news site (recently The Verge), it’s no wonder GBA4iOS’ popularity keeps soaring and being caught in Nintendo’s radar. Lots of exposure is a great thing, but it can also take the form of a bad thing for emulators that still reside in the “gray area.”
Notice was extraordinarily vague, and they didn’t mention any reason in particular.— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)August 6, 2014
With the last DMCA notice, Riley figured the direct download button linking to a certain ROM site was at fault. He quickly changed it into a search button linking to Google and whatever you do with that was on you, the user, entirely. For Nintendo, this must have not been enough and whatever reason they have now, they aren’t being very clear about it.
Riley is already working on the latest massive update for GBA4iOS, version 2.1 which is said to bring multiplayer support. He could include whatever changes he needs in this upcoming version and hope that a third DMCA notice doesn’t come in.
Unlike last time, Riley will not be making the contents of the notice available for public reading as he was not the only one affected by this (and probably wasn’t directed specifically at him), but the whole InfiniDev team which consequently also means nds4ios is down as well along with many repos hosted by Karen (@angelxwind).
I won’t be posting the contents of the notice this time because it wasn’t just directed at me; the entire InfiniDev team received it as well— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)August 6, 2014
Here’s some tweets from Michael Zhang and Brian Tung, developers of nds4ios regarding this issue:
Nintendo has sent us a notice regarding nds4ios, the sites have been temporarily taken down.— Michael Zhang (@Malvix_)August 6, 2014
Your current nds4ios installations will continue working. Further notice will come soon.— Michael Zhang (@Malvix_)August 6, 2014
Regarding InfiniDev and nds4ios: everything will be fine we think. Situations are being dealt with and alternatives considered— B (@iPlop)August 6, 2014
Riley has found a temporary host for his website which gets bombarded with innumerable daily visits, so let’s hope it proves strong enough until he finds a more permanent host. He said we should expect the site and the download link at the end of the day.
Found a temporary host for http://t.co/s9TSsIjN2n! Expect the site to be back up by the end of the day :)— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)August 8, 2014
It appears gba4iosapp.com and the download link for GBA4iOS 2.0 are back, just as Riley promised it would. Happy downloading!
Whatever issues are happening behind the scenes, I’m sure we will know more as time goes on. Keep in touch with all the main Twitter accounts covering this: