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Nintendo Cracks Down on Piracy Sites

Nintendo Cracks Down on Piracy Sites
The LoveRetro and LoveROM sites are the target of a Nintendo lawsuit.

(CCM) — Nintendo has launched a new salvo in its battle against game piracy by filing a lawsuit against the operator of the LoveROMS and LoveRetro websites. The lawsuit alleges brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights, according to a TorrentFreak report.

The sites offer ROMs (original game software) for many Nintendo titles, which can be played on a PC using an emulator program which mimics the operation of the original Nintendo hardware, the report says.

"The LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites are among the most open and notorious online hubs for pirated video games," Nintendo's lawsuit alleges. "Through the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites, Defendants reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, and display a staggering number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video games, all without Nintendo’s permission."

The lawsuit goes on to seek tens of millions of dollars in damages from the websites' operator — $150,000 for each infringing game and up to $2 million for each trademark infringement.

Following the lawsuit filing, LoveRetro has been taken offline and LoveROMS has removed all of its Nintendo offerings, according to the report.

Nintendo has requested an injunction which would hand control of the two domain names over to the company.

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Really. Really. How about going after eBay as well, which allow hundreds of sellers to sell rom packages on discs, usb, hard drives and hacked xboxes, raspberry pi setups all contains 100s thousands of games of which eBay profits from the sales from.

Not to mention the tons of sellers who sell dodgy windows keys.

Something needs to be done, but really. A lot more needs to be done than just this.

Governments need to step in and step up.

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