Nintendo Files Lawsuit Against ROM Website RomUniverse

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Nintendo of America has filed a lawsuit against RomUniverse owner Matthew Storman, accusing the ROM website of “brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.”

Their complaint positions the website as “among the most visited and notorious online hubs for pirated Nintendo video games,” which, they allege, charges users $30 per year to “get access to unlimited downloads and download speeds with no advertisements.”

After the company won their lawsuit against the LoveROMS and LoveRETRO websites, Nintendo claims that Storman “bragged that his website would continue to offer Nintendo ROMs.”

RomUniverse advertises that they have more than 3000 games for the Nintendo 3DS that have been downloaded over 500,000 times, as well as over 200 games for Nintendo Switch that have been downloaded nearly 300,000 times.

Nintendo is seeking the maximum statutory damages allowed by law, which is up to $150,000 for each infringement of their copyrighted works, up to $2 million for the infringement of each of their trademarks, and for their legal fees to be covered.

[Thanks, Polygon]

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