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Nintendo wins out in legal battle against ROM sites

Nintendo wins out in legal battle against ROM sites

Earlier this year we reported that Nintendo had taken legal action against two ROM sites that were stocked with many Nintendo games.

The video game company filed a complaint against LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co in July, stating the websites were "built nearly entirely on the brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo's intellectual property rights".

Guests could search through the sites' massive archive of titles, an enormous list dominated, at the top, by Nintendo's often-requested games. The latest development is the owners and operators of these now-defunct websites - a married couple - have agreed to a settlement exceeding $12 million in favour of Nintendo. "To access legitimate Nintendo games online, please visit [our_site] for information about the [Game Store]".

Nintendo's three-count complaint alleged the sites engaged in copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition - and, according to TorrentFreak, the court agreed. However, an updated complaint filed on July 26 added Cristian Mathias as a defendant.

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Nintendo described the pair as "sophisticated" pirates, and dismissed the notion that they were casual fans looking to preserve video game history. After all, they admitted in the settlement that they had both directly and indirectly infringed various Nintendo copyrights and trademarks, so it seems unlikely that they won't have to pay anything.

Nintendo is also seeking to identify the sites' suppliers, take custody of all unauthorized copies of its works, and to take control of the www.LoveROMS.com and www.LoveRETRO.co domain names.

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. Nintendo's complaint also notes that LoveROMs had 17 million visitors each month.