Nintendo ROM Site Lawsuit Results in $12 Million Judgement

Ceria Alfonso
Noviembre 14, 2018

TorrentFreak now reports that the two sides have agreed to a consent judgement. "... Defendants know or should know that they are trafficking in pirated copies and making unauthorized use of Nintendo's video games, other copyrighted works, and registered trademarks". LoveROMS.com/LoveRetro.co acknowledges that it caused harm to Nintendo, its partners, and customers by offering infringing copies of [its] games and has agreed to cease all such activities. To access legitimate Nintendo games online, please visit www.Nintendo.com for information about the Nintendo Game Store. Nintendo has also been granted a permanent injunction against the couple, which means that they have to hand over the two domain names and whatever infringing ROMs and emulators they have.

The heat is officially on for anyone who's been running one of the many sites that, for years now, have distributed free versions of Nintendo's games to anyone who wanted them. However, an updated complaint filed on July 26 added Cristian Mathias as a defendant.

At the time Nintendo sued Mathias, the company was asking he pay $150,000 for each pirated game, and another $2 million for the infringement of each Nintendo trademark. Nearly immediately, those sites were taken down as Nintendo sought damages that could have potentially totaled as much as $100 million.

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We'll see if the publisher continues its hunt in the future for other ROM sites, but obviously it's focusing on its own business, with the Let's Go games releasing for Switch this week and Super Smash Bros.

But it's not just the ROMs the couple used.

According to the complaint, Mathias Designs was incorporated in Arizona on February 17, 2016 with Jacob Mathias as the sole manager and employee, though Jacob Mathias had posted a video in 2010 directing users to LoveROMs.

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