A few months ago, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co, two Nintendo ROM piracy sites. Soon after that, Jacob Mathias, the onwer of the site’s tried to settle the matter out of court as the damages could go upto $100 million. Now, under the final settlement, Jacob Mathias is to pay $12 million to Nintendo to settle the copyright and trademark infringement charges on LoveROMS and LoveRETRO against him and his wife.
Nintendo vs LoveROMS, LoveRETRO: Final Judgement
TorrentFreak reported about the settlement with a copy of the final unsigned judgement. Here’s a screenshot of the document specifying the exact amount Nintendo “expects” Jacob Mathias and his wife to pay them.
It says, “Plaintiff is hereby awarded judgment against all Defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of $12,230,000.” So, Nintendo wants a total amount of $12,230,000 in damages. The Mathiases agree that they were involved in direct and indirect Nintendo copyright and trademark infringement. This is evident from their apology on the websites.
Nintendo also wants the couple to hand over the domains LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co to them. Jacob already took the domains down soon after Nintendo filed the lawsuit. Apart from that, Nintendo also wants the couple to return all Nintendo emulators and games at the latter’s expense.
Will Mathias actually pay $12 million to Nintendo in damages?
Even for Mathias Designs, $12 million seems like a huge amount. Remember though that, the case didn’t go through all the legal court processions. This is because both parties had requested time to come to a settlement.
Since the lawsuit began, Nintendo has made their stand on ROM piracy clear. Many websites like Emuparadise actually took all Nintendo ROMS off their website after the incident.
TorrentFreak believes $12m is just a dummy amount on paper. And, Mathias might pay a much lower amount to Nintendo. With such a huge amount on paper, Nintendo expects to send a clearer message to pirates about how seriously they takes piracy. We’ll keep you updated though.
Mathias apologise to Nintendo on LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co
For a few months now, the infringing websites have just had a notice saying, they have been shut down. Right now though, the websites just have a text with an apology to Nintendo. Here’s a screenshot:-
It reads the following:-
Apology to Nintendo
Our website, LoveROMS.com/LoveRetro.co, previously offered and performed unauthorized copies of Nintendo games, in violation of Nintendo’s copyrights and trademarks. LoveROMS.com/LoveRetro.co acknowledges that it caused harm to Nintendo, its partners, and customers by offering infringing copies of Nintendo games and has agreed to cease all such activities. To access legitimate Nintendo games online, please visit www.nintendo.com for information about the Nintendo Game Store.
As for me, the text feels like it’s coming straight from Nintendo. What do you think?
Nintendo’s classic consoles like the N64 have had some classic games. Some people still believe that pirates are just trying to preserve these classic titles which otherwise would be lost in time. What do you think?