Judge orders ROM site to permanently destroy his pirated Nintendo game
Nintendo won an injunction against the operator of ROM site RomUniverse, and now a judge is ordering the site’s operator to “permanently destroy” all of its pirated games.
This order is the latest chapter in Nintendo’s lawsuit against RomUniverse which had already earned it $2.1 million in damages in June 2021.
The site’s owner, Los Angeles resident Matthew Storman, acted as his own attorney in a legal battle that ultimately spelled the site’s demise. Storman had tried to have the case dismissed claiming that he had never uploaded any files to RomUniverse.
This was despite the fact that in a previous deposition, Storman admitted to uploading files to RomUniverse.
The court injunction issued against the operator of RomUniverse apparently comes after weeks of Storman saying he plans to revive RomUniverse, without any Nintendo titles. The injunction includes the order to destroy any ROM files Storman may possess and imposes additional restrictions on him in violation of Nintendo’s copyrights or trademarks.
Storman must now “permanently destroy all unauthorized Nintendo games or other unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s intellectual property, including movies, books and music”, by August 17.e 2021, and provide proof to the court that he did so before August 20e.