Club penguin rewrittena popular clone of Disney’s children’s MMO club penguinwas taken down, three arrested by London police.
Club Penguin was acquired by Disney in 2007, a children’s penguin-centric MMO that closed in 2017, unsurprisingly leading to a series of unauthorized remakes on private servers. Club Penguin Rewritten was one of the most popular remakes and was released in 2017 after the game shut down. Except Disney has now shut it down too, because what is an IP if not something you can file a takedown on.
Additionally, as reported by TechCrunch, Club Penguin Rewritten has been fully handed over to the City of London Police. The game’s remake had a popular Discord community, although the only message remaining is one tagging the entire server, with a message that reads, “CPRewritten is shutting down effective immediately due to a full request from Disney. We have voluntarily surrendered control of the site to the police so they can continue their copyright investigation.”
And according to an email sent to TechCrunch by Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), three people have also been arrested in connection with the situation. “Following a complaint under copyright law, PIPCU has seized a gaming website as part of an ongoing investigation into the site,” the email said.
“Three people were arrested and searches conducted on April 12 on suspicion of distributing copyright infringing material. They were released as part of the investigation and agreed to place the site under PIPCU control to assist in the police investigation.”
It’s unclear why the three were arrested, but according to BigChun (via Gizmodo), a moderator of the game, it could be due to ads appearing in Rewritten. “Running a game like this costs money. That’s why ads started appearing in certain parts of the game,” BigChun said. “We, or at least I, assume that’s how Disney got us.” However, ads ran in Rewritten in the summer of 2020, two years before Disney took any action. So why they waited until now to take action is unclear.
https://www.vg247.com/the-city-of-london-police-have-arrested-three-people-over-a-club-penguin-fan-server City of London Police have arrested three people over a Club Penguin fan server