Nintendo has won its lawsuit against one of the ROM sharing sites targeted for several years. The owner now owes the Kyoto company a large sum.
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The lawsuit was filed in September 2019. Nintendo was successful and won its battle against the operator of the late pirate ROMs site RomUniverse, Matthew Storman, on May 26, 2021. The latter, who had defended himself without a lawyer because of YOLO, now has to pay a damage and interest bill in the amount of 2.115 million dollars.
The court grants plaintiff’s motion for a verdict on copyright infringement, unfair competition, and plaintiff’s claims under the Lanham Act and awards plaintiff $ 1,715,000 in statutory damages under Lanham Act, Copyright Act and US $ 400,000 – total dollars in legal damages under Lanham Act. US $ 2,115,000 legal damages.
Nintendo had asked for repairs of $ 15 million or $ 90,000 per game illegally downloaded from RomUniverse, $ 49 and $ 200,000 per brand, respectively. The court and Judge Consuelo Marshall preferred to lower the grade. This isn’t the only site that Nintendo has been following. Very protective, and rightly so, for example, the Japanese company closed LoveROMS and LoveRETRO in 2018 with compensation of $ 12,300,000 per key. Does that really cover the damage caused? Who knows. Remember, emulation is good, but having the original games is better.