Nintendo is one of the strictest companies in the gaming industry when it comes to protecting its intellectual property. The YouTube policies that affect channels that are affected by copyright strikes because they contain gameplay and audio from Nintendo titles are an integral part of the game. Now Nintendo lets its legal muscles play again and in a very big way. The company has filed a massive lawsuit against two sites: LoveROM.com and LoveRETRO.co.
The cause of these litigation is that these sites provide uploads of ROM files to a variety of systems, many of which are Nintendo copyrighted games. In addition, the sites also host emulators and BIOS files (which is a big problem), and many of the visuals that both sites use are assets derived directly from Super Mario titles. Nintendo has listed all these issues as complaints and found that they are in violation of the Company's copyright and trademarks, and both sites are also software piracy centers. All of the content listed by Nintendo as a violation of these guidelines amounts to a massive $ 1
At the time of writing, the "LoveROM" website is currently offline and its domain is for sale:
LoveROMS.com faces Nintendo's lawsuit. after.
On the other hand, the "LoveRETRO" website is currently still active, but it is unclear whether it will stay online any longer. The creator of each site has not yet commented publicly, but clearly does what he can to seek protection.
This is not the first time that Nintendo has gone to ROM hosting sites and certainly not the last. Above all, however, this action should set the bar very high for future cases. There is a possibility that Nintendo may be fining the "LOVE" websites so as to scare similar websites and remove material that violates copyright and trademark rights.
Nintendo is not afraid to voice his feelings towards the game's emulation scene. It has a full page on its official website dedicated to describing the legal meaning of terms such as "copyright" and "brand" as well as ROMs and emulators.
In short, Nintendo sees emulators as problematic as it allows people to play "illegally acquired" software on "unauthorized hardware" and thus "promote piracy". The company goes so far as to say that Emulation is "the biggest threat to the intellectual property rights of video game developers." This legal FAQ also gives answers to common arguments in defense of emulation. How many of these retro titles are old and no longer sold. As far as Nintendo is concerned, it does not matter and frankly states that using emulators to play ROMs is "illegal." The Company justifies its strong position by referring to US copyright laws with an expiration date of 75 years from the first publication; Video games have only been around for about 30 years at this time. The only factor regarding ROMs that Nintendo agrees with is that consumers are legally able to own copies of software that they rightfully own, but only if They themselves make the copies. So, downloading a ROM even if you own a game supports piracy. Nintendo is unlikely to prove individual consumers with lawsuits like this, but this case serves as a reminder that companies are paying attention to what people are doing with their intellectual property and will act if they feel
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