Video game company Nintendo is continuing its fight against ROM hosting websites. After successfully bringing down website RomUniverse, the video game company is going back for the double-tap.
Despite losing in court, RomUniverse owner Matthew Storman is considering reopening the website without Nintendo content. However, the Japanese game company has decided that the removal of their content isn't enough.
Nintendo vs RomUniverse: Round 2
Back in May, RomUniverse owner Matthew Storman lost in US District Court against The Big N. Initially, Storman was ordered to pay $2.1 million in damages to the company. However, as the website owner was unemployed, it was agreed he would pay a monthly fee of $50.
Just over a month since the case closed, Nintendo is looking to file a permanent injunction towards Storman. Firstly, the company cites the reopening of RomUniverse as a threat to the video game company, saying:
“[The] Defendant’s threat to continue to operate ROMUniverse to distribute videogame ROMs, using the same website he used for the past several years to mass-infringe Nintendo’s copyright and trademark rights, necessitates the entry of an injunction.”
Secondly, Nintendo states the $50-a-month payment Storman was ordered to pay has gone unpaid. The company states:
“This failure to make even the modest $50/month payment, an amount that he proposed and agreed to, demonstrates that Nintendo has no adequate remedy at law for Defendant’s past or future infringement and underscores the need for a permanent injunction.”
Battle against emulation
The case against RomUniverse is just the most recent case of Nintendo fighting against emulation. In 2018, Nintendo took on beloved ROM site EmuParadise with a Cease and Desist. The site is now running again, but all Nintendo content has been removed.
Similarly, the company is aggressively protective of their intellectual property. Pokemon, Mario and Zelda fan games are consistently removed with Cease and Desist letters. Unlike other AAA companies, Nintendo is outright against emulation and fan games.