Nintendo wins permanent injunction against ROMUniverse site owner
Nintendo's legal battle against Matthew Storman, the owner of the now-defunct ROMUniverse website, has finally come to a conclusion, and Nintendo won a permanent injunction against the ROM download site, ordering the owner to destroy all its content.
Nintendo argued that without a permanent injunction, nothing would prevent Storman from simply opening a new distribution channel. The judge agreed that Nintendo had suffered ‘irreparable harm’ as a result of ROMUniverse's conduct.
- Nintendo sought damages of $15 million
- $35,000 in statutory damages was agreed on alongside $400,000 in trademark damages
- 49 games at $35,000 makes $1.715 million in damages
- All ROMUniverse content must now be destroyed
Missed payment: No injunction was in place until Nintendo argued that by missing the first $50 payment on the $2.1 million fine, ROMUniverse owner Matthew Storman was in breach of the court's order.
Delete everything: As a result, Nintendo argued that Storman was unwilling to act according to the court's decision, and that Nintendo should be granted a permanent injunction. Storman must destroy all of ROMUniverse's content by August 17th.