EDIT 7th November: This article has been updated to reflect our stance on leaks from full copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon that have broken street date before release.
As some of you may know, Pokémon Sun and Moon's demo release was met by the datamining community with interest, and early this morning a large quantity of images were released depicting Pokémon Sun and Moon information that has not yet officially been revealed. Unfortunately, such information has not been sanctioned by Game Freak or Nintendo, and hosting it here would open us up to potential legal difficulties we are keen to avoid.
The practical effect of this is that we are not able to allow discussion, fanworks, or any other content involving leaked or datamined information, including that drawn from leaked copies of the game, until further notice. This does not include the info available as part of gameplay in the Sun and Moon demo. For example, any drawings of unrevealed Pokémon, mentions of them in the forums or profiles, and so on will be removed.
For the avoidance of doubt, everything else related to Sun and Moon is still allowed. Please feel free to discuss and post works of anything to do with Sun and Moon revealed officially – if you've seen it on the site before, it's still allowed! If you're worried about your existing content, please contact a member of staff rather than deleting it yourself – we'll let you know whether your content is okay or not, as it's very unlikely you'll have broken this rule for anything posted before today.
While this rule exists, we will be enforcing it through our warning system - like with all our other rules, we reserve the right to place members in moderation or read-only if they break this rule, or try to get around it.
The law regarding fansites such as Pokécharms is a bit of a grey area – because we are technically infringing on Nintendo's copyright, we are at their mercy as to whether we are allowed to continue to exist. In our over 13 years of existence, we've never attracted Nintendo's ire, so they've allowed us to continue to operate as long as we play by their rules. We'd like to keep it that way. Unfortunately, as we are a dedicated fansite, we are in far more danger of being served with a takedown notice or otherwise having legal action taken against us than a general community like Reddit or Twitter.
We are sorry for having to take a hard line with this – it is certainly not our wish to ban this entirely – but too much is at risk to allow it.
From all of us on the Pokécharms staff, we thank you for your understanding – and we look forward to discussing everything regarding Sun and Moon as soon as we can!