Nintendo Wins $12 Million From Trademark And Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Donna Miller
November 13, 2018

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.

The Switch platform holder filed the lawsuit back in July against LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.com, run by Mathias Designs LLC.

Following Nintendo's legal threats, LoveROMS removed all Nintendo games from its website, while LoveRETRO was "effectively been shut down until further notice". "This includes thousands of games developed for almost every video game system Nintendo has ever produced".

With both parties wanting to avoid lengthy and costly court proceedings, the couple took down the sites and entered a settlement deal with Nintendo.

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"Plaintiff is hereby awarded judgment against all Defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of $12,230,000", reads the final judgement agreed upon by both parties, via TorrentFreak. Whether or not the couple will actually pay off the full settlement amount, we do not know.

The high value of the judgement may be intended as a deterrent to other ROM hosting sites.

"Our website, LoveROMS.com/LoveRetro.co, previously offered and performed unauthorized copies of Nintendo games, in violation of [] copyrights and trademarks".

And that warning appears to be working. EmuParadise, one of the largest retro emulator and ROM sites on the internet, announced in August it was doing away with its library of games and instead focusing on its emulator database and its community.

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