It is no secret that Nintendo has been fighting a war against piracy and copyright infringement, and these efforts have only increased in recent years. The latest battle comes from a multi-million dollar lawsuit that Nintendo of America filed against the owner of RomUniverse on September 10th. According to Polygon, “the company is seeking damages in the amount of $150,000 for each copyright infringement, and up to $2 million for each trademark infringement”.
Nintendo claims that the site contains pirated games with “counterfeit copies of Nintendo’s trademarks”, copyright infringement of the games themselves, However, The site’s biggest problem is that it offers paid memberships to the site. For $30 per year, Nintendo says that the memberships offer users the ability to download “an unlimited number of pirated games, [referred to as ROMs,] with higher speeds than non-members”. The site is “among the most visited and notorious online hubs for pirated Nintendo video games”. There are retro pirated Nintendo games, but there are also pirated Switch and 3DS games. In fact, “there are nearly 300,000 downloads for the offered Nintendo Switch games and more than 500,000 downloads for Nintendo 3DS games”. The site also seems to be pirating movies and book.