Nintendo, never afraid to go after the little guy, has sent a letter over the weekend to a Pokemon fan site, threatening them over their posting of pictures from the upcoming Pokemon Black & White.
Fan site PokeBeach, which obtained some copies of the game on September 17, was sent a letter on September 18 by Nintendo's lawyers, the highlight of which follows:
We recently learned that you have posted screenshots and other protected content from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White games to your website at http://pokebeach.com. While Nintendo appreciates your interest in and support of the Pokémon game series, your publication of this content infringes Nintendo's copyrights in violation of federal law. Your activity also and has the potential to cause substantial damage to Nintendo, and leaves Nintendo with no choice but to take steps to protect its intellectual property rights.
The site was forced to remove "all graphics, screenshots and other protected content taken from the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White games", or under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Nintendo says it would be able to shut the site down.
Awfully heavy-handed for a bunch of screenshots, don't you think? I mean, it's Pokemon Black & White, you can't take three steps across a video game website without tripping over something to do with the game, whether they be screens, videos or even a list of all 156 of the game's new creatures.
We've contacted PokeBeach - who have since changed their name to PokerBeach - for more specifics, like when and how they obtained a copy, since that could very well be the reason behind Nintendo's actions. Likewise, Nintendo of America have been contacted for their side of the story.
UPDATE - Nintendo sent the same letter to another fan site, Serebii, for the same reason.
NO B/W IMAGES FOR YOU!! [PokerBeach]