RomUniverse, a website where people can download pirated copies of various Nintendo games and even pay a premium to get faster downloads. was forgotten in May of this year. But Nintendo wasn’t done after suing the site for $ 2.1 million. In new court documents, a judge has ordered the website owner to destroy all of their Nintendo ROMs or face legal action.
RomUniverse was first sued by Nintendo in 2019 for what his lawyers called “shameless and mass harm”. Nintendo won that lawsuit in May and received $ 2.1 million in damages to be paid in monthly payments of $ 50 by RomUniverse owner Matthew Storman. At least in theory. In July, however Nintendo returned to court after Storman failed to make his first $ 50 payments. The game publisher filed for a permanent restraining order against Storman, fearing that it might be ready to bring the site back online. And now there’s more to come.
As discovered by TorrentFreak, the judge has now issued Nintendo’s injunction after re-examining Storman’s case and ongoing actions.
The court has Storman. now arranged “Permanently destroy all unauthorized Nintendo games or other unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s intellectual property, including films, books and music”. The judge has given Storman until August 17, 2021 to comply and to submit a statement to the court by August 20 confirming that he has followed the judge’s orders. If he does not do this, he faces charges of perjury.
Also as a result of this new injunction filed in the US District Court late last week, Storman can no longer distribute, copy, sell or even play unauthorized Nintendo ROMs. He is also prohibited from using any Nintendo trademarks or logos. Really, the site can’t take a break from Nintendo, can it?