Florida-based web site HackYourConsole.com is the target of a lawsuit by Nintendo over alleged infringements of copyrights and trademarks. In the claim, Nintendo alleges such offenses as “The logo for Defendant’s online business prominently includes within it a copy of the famous ‘Mario’ character, in which Nintendo holds both federally-registered trademarks and copyrights,” and “as a supplement to her services of ‘modding’ Wii consoles, Defendant, through the websites, advertises that she will ‘load hard drives with all the newest and most popular games’.”
The company is demanding $150,000 for each copyright infringement and $2 million per trademark use. This seems a rather a steep charge to levy against an individual, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility to assume the company might accept an out-of-court settlement.
In a curiously in-depth press release, Nintendo quoted Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid, who said “It [piracy] can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future.”
There has as yet been no response from the web site’s owner, and the case continues.
Source: The Escapist