Nintendo ROM Site Owner To Pay $12 Million For Game Piracy

Nintendo 'wins' £9.3m from ROM-hosting sites for

Nintendo 'wins' £9.3m from ROM-hosting sites for

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

It seems that both parties have come to an agreement, as the final judgement demands the sites pay Nintendo a total of $12 million. That's a big win in the company's favor, and a huge blow against the pirated gaming market.

As Torrentfreak reports, Jacob and Cristian Mathias were sued in July for the infringement of Nintendo's intellectual property rights, having hosted thousands of ROM files - basically, digital copies of nearly every Nintendo game ever released - for years, all available for free download. LoveROMs.com has now been reduced to a single page hosting an apology message to Nintendo.

Unauthorized ROMS (read-only memory files) distributed online are copies of software that can be played on computers or phones through the use of an emulator that mimics a video game console. It turns out the site also illegally used graphics in its design that ripped off Nintendo, though specific examples were not mentioned. 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.

"It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences", it said.

As Ars Technica reports, companies are sprouting up that offer solutions to this problem that tiptoe through loopholes in IP law, and aren't afraid of staring Nintendo down in the face of cease-and-desists. They aren't messing around when it comes to protecting their properties. Whether or not the couple will actually pay off the full settlement amount, we do not know. Several other ROM sites have reportedly shut down since July. Ultimate coming next month.

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