Nintendo wins legal case over ROM site, site owner ordered to pay $12 million in damages

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    Earlier this summer, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Jacob Mathias, otherwise known as the owner of LoveROMS and LoveRETRO, sites that notoriously hosted ROM files of retro Nintendo games. Immediately following the legal suit, both of the aforementioned domains were shut down to prevent further issue. Nintendo's legal action also had effects on other websites that had illegal content hosted on their servers, such as Emuparadise, which removed all download links shortly after the lawsuit was made public. Mathias and his wife, who were both charged on mass copyright infringement, plead guilty to the actions of trademark infringement and damages to Nintendo. They then entered settlement talks in order to find an agreeable amount of money to pay as reparations. Today, the final judgement for the case came in, showing that both Jacob Mathias and Nintendo had agreed for the former to pay $12,230,000 to the latter, over 12 million dollars.

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    All copyrighted material owned by the couple must also be forfeited, and ownership of LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co has been signed over to Nintendo of Japan.

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  1. antiNT

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    Is it even possible to have 12 million dollars without being Bill Gates ???
     
  2. ShadowOne333

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    How the fuck is a family man supposed to pay that amount?
    And what damages is Nintendo claiming?
    Sorry but that's bullshit, Nintendo loses nothing out from ROMs being shared online (outside of current gen consoles) and there is no way someone like Mathias will ever be able to pay such an absurd amount.

    Fuck you, Nintendo.
     
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    That's a lotta doe... I think that's a little too much, Nintendo. I think you went a little too far there.
     
  5. antiNT

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    He has debt that he will never be able to pay for the rest of his life this is too cruel.
     
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    This is what happens when you're unexperienced
     
  7. Chary
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    It could very well be a scare tactic, and they could end up paying a lesser amount outside of court, but still. This is excessive.
     
  8. NeoSlyde

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    Fuck Nintendo.
    As a matter effect I’ll always buy their console illegally so they loose money and never buy a game from them.

    I wish Sega was still here and killed this Stupid Company that went downhill.

    As you can see.. in life only the evil wins and the good people loose...
     
  9. Sora Takihawa

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    fck ninty
     
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    It doesn't matter. There are many private torrents somewhere. By the way, 12 million dollars damage ? Just for roms illegally ? Nintendo must be very CRUEL and greedy. SAD! REALLY SAD!
     
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    lol imagine nintendo hosting their own shit on these sites now

    (also should loveretro be .com @Chary? i was wrong)
     
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    I think the Switch will be the last console I buy from them. Nintendo you lost a customer. Thanks for not playing your games in the future.
     
  15. Kubas_inko

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    There should be a law (just like with music), that after xx years, it should be free to use and share.

    Tell me you stupid Ninty. Where am I supposed to get your OLD FOCKING GAMES???
     
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    fuk nintendo! Everybody pirate the hell out of their shitss
     
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    http://www.loveretro.co/

     
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  18. omegasoul6

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    Why is Nintendo protecting their properties?!?1?!
    Unforgivable!!! /s

    Seriously though, this guy chose to make money with his site by uploading ROMs, so I really can't be bothered to feel sorry for him. He should've known Nintendo would come for him.
     
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    Fuck you Adachi. >:C
     
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