If you decide to illegally distribute old-school ROMS of Nintendo games, be warned, the company has no mercy for you in court. That's what an Arizona couple have found out this week as the married owners of LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co have agreed to pay a $12 million judgment against them after admitting to both direct and indirect copyright and trademark infringement for distributing games. When the lawsuit first came into play, they immediately shut down both sites willingly until the court case was over. But TorentFreak was able to get their hands on court documents that showed the agreement and terms for the end of the legal battle.
It's not going to stop websites from distributing old NES, SNES, N64, Game Cube, and Wii ROMs as most sites that do so operate in countries outside of any legal jurisdiction Nintendo can get at them from. But if you happen to be operating in one that does, Nintendo just set a very high bar that some of those who are passionate about this stuff cannot afford.