Last week, GBA4iOS was shut down by none other than Nintendo, which issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to have the popular jailbreak-free Game Boy Advance (GBA) emulator for iOS taken offline. Well, guess what. GBA4iOS is back online.
As tweeted by its developer, Riley Testut, GBA4iOS is “back from its DMCA death!”
Apparently, Nintendo’s DMCA takedown notice was issued on account of the emulator’s direct linking to a ROM downloading site. Referring to the GBA4iOS website, a most pertinent part of the notice reads:
This web site hosts a downloadable mobile application for iOS that provides users with access to unauthorized and illegal copies of Nintendos copyright-protected video games in violation of Nintendos exclusive rights.
The new version of GBA4iOS gets around this no-no by no longer pointing directly to a ROM downloading site and having Google instead for the landing page of its in-app browser.