Nintendo has voiced concerns over the website RomUniverse making a possible return in the future.
The company’s legal representation spoke to the founder of the website, Matthew Storman, who apparently hasn’t ruled out a comeback – even after being ordered to pay the company $2.1 million in damages earlier this year. In fact, the operator of the website now wants the damages scrapped – arguing Nintendo has not actually suffered and questioning if game copyrights were registered at the time.
California’s federal court previously decided against giving Storman a permanent injunction as Nintendo failed to show it was suffering “irreparable harm” and the site had already been shut down. Nintendo is now asking it to reconsider this decision:
“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”
Nintendo’s legal representation further notes how the defendant has already disregarded previous legal obligations:
“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.”
For now, RomUniverse remains offline. If we hear any other updates, we’ll let you know.