U.S. News | Nintendo Wins £9.3m from ROM-Hosting Sites for Copyright Infringement

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Nintendo has reached a settlement with two ROM-hosting sites, LoveROMs and LoveRETRO sued for copyright infringement.

Nintendo alleged that the defendants reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and display a staggering number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video games without Nintendo’s permission.

Following Nintendo’s legal threats, LoveROMS removed all Nintendo games from its website, while LoveRETRO was shut down until further notice.

The defendants have agreed to hand over $12m (£9.3m) to the company after admitting to both direct and indirect copyright infringement.

“Plaintiff is hereby awarded judgment against all Defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of $12,230,000” – the judgment reads.

The judgment also prohibits the site’s owners from using, sharing, or distributing Nintendo ROMs or other materials in the future, and requires them to provide Nintendo with all games, game files, and emulators in their custody, along with both domain names.

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