U.S. News | Nintendo’s Copyright Suit Pushes Shut Down of Gaming Sites 

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A Copyright lawsuit filed by Nintendo has Pushed the Shut Down of two gaming sites who are listed as defendants to a suit, LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co.

As part of this case, Nintendo is suing an Arizona man for allegedly pirating thousands of company games through two the two websites. Nintendo filed the lawsuit against Jacob Mathias and his company for operating LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co. According to Nintendo, both sites offered digital — but unauthorized — copies of popular games from the company’s NES, SNES and Game Boy consoles and more.

Sequel to the suit, LoveROMs.com closed down completely while  LoveRETRO decided to shut down until further notice.

“Defendants are not casual gamers but are instead sophisticated parties with extensive knowledge of Nintendo’s intellectual property and the video game industry,” the lawsuit claims.

To make a profit from the piracy, Mathias allegedly asked for donations and sold online advertising space on both ROM websites. LoveROMs.com itself received about 17 million monthly visitors, according to Nintendo.

The company is suing for damages, which the lawsuit claims can reach $150,000 for each pirated game, and up to $2 million for the infringement of each Nintendo trademark used in the websites’ advertising.

Judge: Steven P Logan
Case #: 2:18-cv-02282
Nature of Suit Copyrights
Cause Trademark
Case Filed: Jul 19, 2018
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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