Here we go again
Nintendo recently sued websites LoveROMs and LoveRETRO for illegal distribution of their catalog of titles as well as third party games released for their older systems.
This is what Nintendo had to say upon the recent lawsuit
“The LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites are among the most open and notorious online hubs for pirated video games,” reads Nintendo’s suit, filed July 19 in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. “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. This includes thousands of games developed for nearly every video game system Nintendo has ever produced.”
Their lawsuit details what exactly tells us what they’re doing that displays a level a piracy.
“Defendants have conducted their online piracy business in willful disregard of Nintendo’s rights. Defendants are not casual gamers but are instead sophisticated parties with extensive knowledge of Nintendo’s intellectual property and the video game industry more generally. Defendants know or should know that Nintendo owns the copyrights and registered trademarks for thousands of video games, related copyrighted works, and images that appear on Defendants’ illicit websites.”
At the request of Nintendo is that they receive statutory damages worth $150,000 per infringing title and up to 2 million dollars upon each trademark infringement. If you do the math with this scenario with 140 copyrighted titles and 40 trademarks on file the bill would come out to 100 million dollars. As of right now LoveRETRO has been been taken down while LoveROMS is still an active site yet all the files have been removed.
Even though this is legal of Nintendo to do this upon their behalf, it does beg the question why for this case. ROM sites are littered all over the internet with options like Raspberry Pies offering this service as well. These sites do obtain a profit in some way likes donations but not direct profit from the titles. Nintendo themselves aren’t promoting their older games too much these days. Sure there is the NES and the SNES classic yet that’s about it. On the Nintendo Switch you can only download a handful of titles from the those eras with no Virtual Console system yet like what the Wii and the Wii U offered.
How do you feel about this situation? Do you feel this is the right thing for Nintendo to do? Leave a comment down below. Then again this is all falls in that dreaded illegal pit. So that doesn’t help matters.