Nintendo just filed a lawsuit against RomUniverse.com, alleging that the site hosted free downloads of more than 3,200 different Nintendo games to as many as 400,000 visitors each month.
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Polygon, Nintendo of America is seeking $150,000 in damages for each infringement of its copyrighted works, and $2 million for each infringement of a Nintendo trademark.
Along with offering free downloads for thousands of pirated games, RomUniverse allegedly sold a $30 annual membership that would give visitors access to an unlimited number of downloads.
Last year Nintendo reached a $12.2 million settlement with an Arizona couple that ran similar websites LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co.
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Nintendo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the owners of RomUniverse.com, a video game emulation website that advertises itself as boasting downloads of more than 60,000 different games.
In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Polygon’s Nicole Carpenter, Nintendo claims that RomUniverse violated its copyrighted work and trademarks by providing free copies of Nintendo games. These sorts of copies, called “ROMs,” can be played on a PC or other device using emulation software, circumventing the need for Nintendo’s popular video game consoles.
Nintendo says in the lawsuit it identified at least 3,200 of its own titles among the ROM collection on RomUniverse.com. The available games ranged spanned years worth of releases, from Nintendo’s earliest titles to its latest hits, the company said, and at least 200 of the games were for the Nintendo Switch, a console released in 2017.
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RomUniverse has been online for more than a decade and had nearly 400,000 visitors in March 2019, according to Nintendo’s lawsuit. The lawsuit says that …read more
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