Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against the alleged operator of the popular console ROM sites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co. The sites are among the most notorious online hubs for pirated games, according to Nintendo, and face millions of dollars in potential damages.
Even ROM sites come in various flavours, from sites merely offering the ROM images for download without using any trademark imagery or logos, all the way up to sites like LoveROMS and LoveRETRO, which use in-browser emulators so you can play the games in question in your browser, all dressed up in trademarked logos ad imagery.
Little to say here – distributing ROMs is illegal, and while the damages Nintendo claims are clearly insane, there’s no grey area here.
There’s enough people who enjoy the results of copyright infringement to be able to politically push for copyright reform.
But people are lazy.
So instead companies push politicians to forever extend copyright terms, and to reduce fair use windows.
Given sufficient will, the people who use roms and old software etc could absolutely get an “abandonware” exemption for copyright placed into local statutes. Just actually get off your ass and lobby your local politician. Or support the Pirate Party. Just do *something*.
Nintendo is actually building competing products, retro systems and coming virtual consoles. They all use emulators, so oh wait. Emulators are next, we’ll of course
Can I just buy the ROMS from Nintendo. I would pony up the dough. I even have the cartridges. I’m just too lazy to buy/make a ROM burner to copy my cartridges to ROMS.