Nintendo has filed a massive lawsuit against two popular websites that, until recently, hosted a wide variety of roms for Nintendo games. The lawsuit calls for multiple counts of trademark infringement, along with a count of infringement for each individual Nintendo game hosted on both websites.
The sites are LoveROMS and LoveRETRO. Both sites are reportedly operated by Jacob Mathias, of the Arizona company Mathias Designs. They are huge rom sites, with collections from Nintendo systems and other platforms. Of course, being within the United States makes these sites much more vulnerable to legal action, compared to sites hosted in other countries. This likely painted huge targets on their backs. The numbers being asked for in damages imply intent to make an example out of this case.
Nintendo is seeking $150,000 per Nintendo game and $2,000,000 for each trademark infringement. In the worst case scenario of Nintendo getting exactly what it’s demanding, the total could theoretically run up to $100 million. In the aftermath of the lawsuit filing, LoveROMS has removed all Nintendo games and LoveRETRO has been taken down entirely.