When it comes to hacking, piracy is one those things that happen no matter how the developer tries to block it when they release their hack/exploit. Piracy on the 3DS is nothing new since the release of the Gateway cartridge and then later on other free exploits & CFW’s started to pop up as the years have gone by.
Most of the time if you want to find a backup of a 3DS game you have to find sites or use torrents to get them. With the Freeshop you don’t have to do any of that as it’s a standalone homebrew you install on the 3DS that will let you download almost any 3DS game for free.
Well, the freeshop finally got a DMCA takedown notice on github here what it had to say.
The freeShop application provided at https://github.com/Cruel/freeShop/releases infringes Nintendo’s copyrights, because the application circumvents Nintendo’s technological protection measures in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Nintendo encrypts the game files available from its eShop servers to prevent users from accessing those files without paying for them. Nintendo believes the freeShop application circumvents Nintendo’s protection measures by decrypting the game files accessible from its eShop servers, allowing freeShop users to access and play Nintendo’s eShop games for free.
The freeShop application also contains unauthorized copies of the Nintendo 3DS Logo Data file, covered by U.S. Copyright Reg. No. PA0001781880, which further infringes Nintendo’s rights.
In addition, the files located at the links below violate the GitHub Terms of Service by facilitating the theft of Nintendo’s games from its eShop servers, and the use of these files with a Nintendo 3DS device violates the user’s obligations under Nintendo’s end-user license agreement.
We all knew it was just a matter of time before this would happen but just like torrent sites, it might come back. So for right now I would stay clear of the freeshop just to be safe but that’s just me being paranoid as we all know there are other ways of getting what you want on the net.