Recently, we heard the news that Nintendo had filed a lawsuit in the US state of Arizona, calling out two ROM and emulator websites for unfair competition and copyright and trademark infringement. It appears that this has helped spark a new level of fear among such sites, as EmuParadise - one of the biggest ROM sites on the web - has decided to change its ways.
The topic is naturally a controversial one, with two distinct sides to the story. On the one hand, all games belong to their creators and developers, and emulation sites trample on their intellectual property rights by hosting their content for free; on the other, some of these games would never see the light of day in a modern setting without emulation, and that is, of course, a huge shame. Wherever you stand on the matter, however, things are certainly changing.
A blog post on EmuParadise's site shares details on the owners' viewpoints surrounding recent events, and how things need to change to avoid "potentially disastrous consequences". It reads as follows:
It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble.
This is an extremely emotional decision for me after running this site for so many years. But I believe it is the right thing for us at this point of time.
The site will carry on in some form, and could well continue to host emulations of certain games going forward, but it's a clear sign that Nintendo's legal actions are forcing those behind such websites to rethink their actions.
If you're interested in the topic, feel free to explore this feature we shared yesterday and make sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts down below.