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Poll Results: Are Emulators illegal? DESCRIBE ANSWER BELOW

 
  • 18% (10)
    YES
  • 81% (45)
    NO
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post #1 of 39
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Hi

Ok if they are illegal please don't start discussing them. I am just wondering if they are technically illegal and why.
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post #2 of 39
I'd say yes, even if you own the game. Most of the people that use them download the games, illegal. To make the program you need to reverse engineer it, illegal. Only way that it might be iffy is if you actually own the game and didn't make the program yourself.
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post #3 of 39
Doesn't really need to be a poll for this, considering it is factual.

It depends on what you are emulating. So yes and no, you need to be more specific.
    
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post #4 of 39
I'd say yes if you're downloading an emulator/ROMs that you don't personally own. Just like music and all that!
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post #5 of 39
Of course not!

Most are for old old games that the game corps no longer make money off.

Edit by Vulcan - There is no such thing as abandonware. Whether they are making money or not, they still own the copyright. Unless they explicitly turn the game over to the world as freeware, it is illegal to download commercial ROMS, period.
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post #6 of 39
The Emulators are nor illegal. Just the ROM's if you dont own the original copy you must delete them after 24Hours or it becomes illegal.

Edit by Vulcan - There is no "24 hour" rule. It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge, period.
    
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post #7 of 39
I think they're not illegal. Emulators just make is so you can play games on a different platform. It's like vmware in a sense. However to play those games you usually have to download them, so that part of it is illegal. But I really doubt just the emulators by themselves are illegal.
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post #8 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89 View Post
The Emulators are nor illegal. Just the ROM's if you dont own the original copy you must delete them after 24Hours or it becomes illegal.
The 24 hour thing is a joke that the people who did steal the stuff made up to avoid feeling sorry for it.

You are going to do it whatever we say, so does it really matter?

Emulators aren't.
Playing ROMs you don't own are.
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post #9 of 39
if you are using out of production games and are not making a profit from them then you should be ok. its the same with many types of media from what ive been told

Edit by Vulcan - There is no such thing as abandonware. Whether they are making money or not, they still own the copyright. Unless they explicitly turn the game over to the world as freeware, it is illegal to download commercial ROMS, period.
    
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post #10 of 39
emulators aren't illegal, If you download a ROM, and you don't actually own the cartridge, It is against the law to download.

Edit by Vulcan - It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge.
    
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