Nintendo has voiced concerns over the website RomUniverse making a possible return in the future.
The company's legal representation recently spoke to the founder of the website, Matthew Storman, who apparently hasn't ruled out a comeback - even after being ordered to pay Nintendo $2.1 million in damages earlier this year. In fact, the operator of the website has now filed a motion for the damages to be scrapped - arguing Nintendo has not actually suffered and questioning if game copyrights were registered at the time.
Storman's only assurance to Nintendo's lawyer is that a site relaunch will not feature the company's titles.
California's federal court previously decided against giving Storman a permanent injunction, as Nintendo failed to show it was suffering "irreparable harm", and the site had already been shut down. The video game giant is now asking the court to reconsider this decision:
"Defendant’s threat to continue to operate RomUniverse to distribute videogame ROMs, using the same website he used for the past several years to mass-infringe Nintendo’s copyright and trademark rights, necessitates the entry of an injunction"
Nintendo's legal representation further notes how the defendant has already disregarded previous legal obligations:
“This failure to make even the modest $50/month payment, an amount that he proposed and agreed to, demonstrates that Nintendo has no adequate remedy at law for Defendant’s past or future infringement and underscores the need for a permanent injunction.”
For now, RomUniverse remains offline. If we hear any other updates, we'll let you know.