Adobe threatens to sue Nintendo emulator Delta for its look-alike logo


Delta, an emulator that can play Nintendo games, had to change its logo after Adobe threatened legal action. You’d think it would face trouble from Nintendo, seeing as it has been going after emulators these days, but no. It’s Adobe who’s going after the developer, which told TechCrunch that it first received an email from the company’s lawyer on May 7. Adobe warned Delta that their logos are too similar, with its app icon infringing on the well-known Adobe “A,” and asked it to change its logo so it wouldn’t violate the company’s rights. Delta reportedly received an email from Apple, as well, telling the developer that Adobe asked it to take down the emulator app.

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Delta

If you’ll recall, Apple started allowing retro game emulators on the App Store, as long as they don’t offer pirated games for download. Delta was one of the first to be approved for listing and was at the top of Apple’s charts for a while, which is probably why it caught Adobe’s attention. At the time of writing, it sits at number six in the ranking for apps in Entertainment with 17,100 ratings.

The developer told both Adobe and Apple that its logo was a stylized version of the Greek letter “delta,” and not the uppercase letter A. Regardless, it debuted a new logo, which looks someone took a sword to its old one to cut it in half. It’s a temporary solution, though — the developer said it’s releasing the “final” version of its new logo when Delta 1.6 comes out.

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