After more than a year of legal battle, Nintendo has just won its lawsuit against the American site RomUniverse, which will have to pay more than $ 2.1 million in compensation to the company.
It’s a symbolic victory for Nintendo. At the end of 2019, the Japanese company brought a lawsuit against the American site RomUniverse, specializing in the sharing of ROMS. After more than a year of legal battle, justice finally ruled in favor of Big N, by ordering the owner of the site Matthew Storman to pay more than $ 2.1 million in damages to the company for copyright infringement and unfair competition.
What is a ROM?
ROMS are complete digital copies of an application. By reading a ROM from any compatible emulation software, the latter allows direct access to the game it contains. Concretely, these files are not illegal, since as for the copy of a film for example, it is possible to have a digital version of a DVD which one already has in our possession. Thanks to this legal vagueness, RomUniverse was thus accused by Nintendo of having sold pirated copies of several thousand games belonging to them.
At the time, Matthew Storman had defended himself in Los Angeles court, arguing that his site – closed since the start of the trial, was not breaking the law. A plea that had not convinced Judge Consuelo Marshall, who finally chose to prove Nintendo right. However, Big N does not walk away with the expected amount. While the Japanese company claimed $ 15 million in damages, the court ruled that $ 2.1 million would be enough to make up for its loss of revenue, while dissuading Matthew Storman from reoffending.