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Nintendo sues against emulator sites



Mocking up old console games on the PC is a complicated topic that we've written extensively about, as in this article on emulation ethics: how creators, the community, and the law see console emulators. Nintendo's approach is simpler. They do not like it.

Two ROM hosting sites, LoveROMS and LoveRETRO, are the target of a lawsuit recently by Nintendo (a pdf file of which is hosted at TorrentFreak). There is a lot in this 27-page submission, but here is an explanation why these pages were chosen by all similar sites.

"The website of LoveROMs alone receives 1

7 million unique visitors each month Such Visitors The widespread availability of free, unauthorized copies of Nintendo's video games and other highly valuable intellectual property has led to the websites being lured to the site, resulting in that the defendants on the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites were able to make significant undue gains by selling advertising on the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites. "

In response, LoveROMS has removed all Nintendo games, although games for other consoles remain available there, while LoveRETRO was "effectively shut down until further notice". However, the lawsuit demands much more than that. Nintendo are seeking a statutory $ 150,000 compensation for every Nintendo game hosted on the sites, and up to US $ 2 million for each trademark infringement, as well as a handover of domain names and the Sources of Their ROMs

At this point, it's fun to bring out the fact that the version of Super Mario Bros. available on the Nintendo virtual console is a ROM that someone on the Nintendo Internet downloaded. If you do not talk about this story, it's Chris Bratt (formerly of Eurogamer, who runs People Make Games) to tell it.


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