Nintendo sue husband and wife for $12 million over ROM site

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2018

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

The lawsuit initially resulted in LoveROMS and LoveRETRO pulling all Nintendo titles from its roster, with both websites going offline shortly after.

TorrentFreak now reports that the two sides have agreed to a consent judgement.

"Through the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites, Defendants reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and display a staggering number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo's video games, all without Nintendo's permission", Nintendo's lawsuit alleged. When Nintendo originally threatened the websites, the Mathias couple took them down under the guise of undergoing maintenance, but Nintendo was just getting started when the pair was taken to court.

Nintendo, the family-friendly home of classic video game characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong and a team of lawyers so goshdarn powerful that they could reduce the entire roster of Super Smash Bros. 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. The court document lists 142 copyrights and 40 trademarks that the sites allegedly infringed upon, so the potential total is more than US$101 million, not including Nintendo's other demands for attorney's fees. Several other ROM sites have reportedly shut down since July. From there, players could download a pirated version, or play their game online via the site's emulator.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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