Nintendo Is Suing RomUniverse For Millions Of Dollars
Nintendo is not happy with people pirating its games. I mean, if I was a mega corporation with more than a century of history, I wouldn't want to pirate any of my games either. But it's coming down very hard on RomUniverse, a site it alleges in a recent lawsuit as committing "brazen and mass scale infringement of Nintendo's intellectual property rights".
RomUniverse is a site that lets people download pirated version of Nintendo's games and, if you sign up as a member and pay $30 a year, then you can download "an unlimited number of pirated games, with higher speeds than non-members". As Polygon reports, these aren't just older games, Nintendo says RomUniverse is hosting Switch and 3DS games. Naturally, Nintendo claims that this infringes on its copyright and its trademark.
Nintendo says it's going after RomUniverse because it is "among the most visited and notorious online hubs for pirated Nintendo video games". In a lawsuit filed on September 10, Nintendo is seeking $150,000 for each copyright infringement and a further $2 million for trademark infringement. With ROMUniverse showing on its site that it hosts more than 3,000 3DS games and 200 Switch games, that's a lot of copyright infringements.
Suffice to say, I wouldn't want to be the owner of RomUniverse right now. All of Nintendo's infringements added up come to more than $480 million, throw in the extra $2 million for trademark infringement and you'd need a lot of those $30 members to pay it all off.
This isn't the first time Nintendo has sued ROM sites. Last year it sued LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co. That ended with the two sites settling with Nintendo for $12 million.
This lawsuit has been filed around the same time as Nintendo won a UK case to require Sky, EE, BY, Virgin Media, and Talktalk to block access to four ROM hosting websites.
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