Nintendo ‘Wins’ $12.2 Million From A Couple Who Ran ROM Sites

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ROM site owners reach $12 million settlement with Nintendo

Jacob Mathias and his wife will pay the huge sum for offering thousands of free downloadable Nintendo games through LoveROMs.com and LoveRetro.co, according to the settlement, which was first spotted by TorrentFreak.

An American couple who used to host pirated retro games on their website have just lost a major lawsuit from Nintendo.

TorrentFreak reports that today, a settlement figure of $12,230,000 Dollars was reached in potential damages.

"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 and the married couple have been involved in settlement discussions, and now it appears they're one step closer to bringing the legal drama to a close. To access legitimate Nintendo games online, please visit www.Nintendo.com for information about the Nintendo Game Store.

Nintendo described the pair as "sophisticated" pirates, and dismissed the notion that they were casual fans looking to preserve video game history.

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Additionally, the parties have agreed to a permanent injunction, meaning the couple can't infringe on Nintendo's copyrights again in the future.

Nintendo is seeking up to US$150,000 for the infringement of each of its copyrighted works and up to US$2,000,000 for each trademark.

A judgement released today has gone Nintendo's way, and is holding the owners of long-standing websites LoveROMS and LoveRETRO responsible for a whopping total of $12 million Dollars of damages to the Japanese video game giant.

This lawsuit has had a ripple effect within the ROM world, seeing many sites close down out of fear that the video game maker will come after them next. Nintendo's complaint also notes that LoveROMs had 17 million visitors each month.

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