Nintendo Sends C&D to Digg Over April Fools’ Joke

Social news site Digg was just “having a little fun” when they decided to put Mario in many of their Diggbar links.

Nintendo disagreed and sent a cease and desist letter to Digg asking them to remove their trademarked character from use on their site.

The letter below, leaked to us by a trusted source, indicates that Nintendo is concerned about “the marketing or sale of your products & services.” Other than generating traffic for the purpose of increase advertising revenue and the sale of Digg “swag”, Digg does not actually sell a product.

This story is developing. We will update as more information is made available

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  1. LOL

    Why can’t we know the number to which Mario is registered in the U.S.?

  2. Joe WOods

    Wow, most impressive indeed. I like it.


  3. ReL

    Since when was a trademark number a secret? Last I checked that was publicly available information…

  4. Noob

    The trademark was blacked out because this is bullshit.
    They’re pranking you all.

  5. Its not a big surprise, they don’t own rights to the character.

    Also no need to cover the patent id…

  6. One April Fool’s joke on the web I actually liked.

  7. iSynic

    Good God Nintendo is out of touch with reality.

  8. Totally ridiculous.

  9. Chris

    I know this was a joke, but for those interested Nintendo has a trademark on “Super Mario,” U.S. Reg. No. 2345441, but I couldn’t find one on simply “Mario.” They had one in the past but they’ve abandoned it.

  10. Richard Valenta

    Mario who? Andretti?

  11. One April Fool’s joke on the web I actually liked.

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