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Old 07-23-2018, 11:45 PM   #1
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Nintendo issues lawsuits to several ROM websites: Mario isn't free

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Nintendo issues lawsuits to several ROM websites

Mario isn't free

Nintendo has recently filed lawsuits against two popular ROM websites. LoveRETRO and LoveROMs are under legal pressure to remove all Nintendo titles from its servers and pay statutory damages of around $150,000 per Nintendo title along with $2,000,000 for each trademark infringement. LoveROMs has already removed all Nintendo titles from its servers, but LoveRETRO has shut down for the forseeable future.

The reason for targeting these two sites is stated in the suit that Nintendo filed. It reads, "The LoveROMs website alone receives 17 million visitors each month. Such visitors are drawn to the website by the widespread availability of free, unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video games and other highly valuable intellectual property. The resulting popularity of Defendants’ LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites has allowed Defendants to reap substantial ill-gotten gains, including through donations and the sale of advertising on the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites."

In Nintendo's longstanding battle against ROMs and emulators, the company has issued lawsuits to many websites and creators for infringing on copyrights and for the illegal distribution of protected properties. You don't mess with the Big N and emulation of its titles, not even when they sell you an illegal ROM of Super Mario Bros.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:14 AM   #2
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I never even heard of the sites before. Somehow i doubt it was only Nintendo roms.

With that said, Nintendo are pulling their weight. As far as i know, ROM's aren't illegal to download if you own the original, and there's no way to verify it. So, i dunno if this would hold in court.

Also... why does Nintendo hate Love?! xD
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Probably has more to do with the fact the sites are making money off advertising that wouldn't be possible without Nintendo ROMs.
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Nintendo just handling business.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:48 PM   #5
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Owning a ROM has always been a grey area. You're allowed a digital backup to anything out of production, like a NES game. It gets grey though when that game is re-released digitally on a virtual console or something. Some would argue its illegal to own that rom because the original release and virtual console release are the same game.

The grey area here is that while we, as gamers, know these are the same game their codes are different. The person wanting an archive of NES roms would say they are only using backups from the original release code. Software that's out of production but still trademarked.
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