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  • 18% (10)
    YES
  • 81% (45)
    NO
55 Total Votes  
post #11 of 39
Thread Starter 
Are the ROMS illegal to down;oad if people don't sell them any more?

Edit by Vulcan - Yes. It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge, period.
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post #12 of 39
Emulators are 100% not illegal. Downloading a PS2 BIOS is illegal. DLing ROMS you dont own is also illegal.
    
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post #13 of 39
Emulators themselves aren't illegal. So I voted "No".
post #14 of 39
The software itself is not illegal. However, possessing and using a ROM which you do not own the associated game cartridge/disk/media is. Hell with the system though, we need to keep old school games alive somehow.
    
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post #15 of 39
Don't hold me to this, but as I understand it you keep intellectual property for 50 years after your death so your next of kin can still collect royalties but after that it becomes public property. I'm not sure how companies owning something, patents and copyrights factor into this but it is unlikely to affect ROMS as they are so recent.

If you really want to know, this might be worth a read:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_Property
TL; DR for me though...
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post #16 of 39
The emulator programs themselves are not illegal, downloading roms for games you don't own is though.

Edit by Vulcan - It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge.
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post #17 of 39
Emulator's arent donwloaded ROMS are
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post #18 of 39
Please learn to read stickies.

Quote:
"It includes game ROMs used by emulators, downloading ROMs over the internet is illegal. Note however that the emulators themselves are perfectly legal, since they are independently developed software. So you can talk about emulators, just don't talk about acquiring ROMs."

Reminder about Software Piracy
post #19 of 39
Ugh, this debate is just as stupid as the "Bit Torrent is illegal" thing. So much mis-information. Roms are not illegal either, it depends what the rom IS. There are non-commercial roms and emulators that are freeware, so you cannot classify all emulators or roms as "illegal". Even when using an illegal rom on an emulator, only the rom is illegal.
    
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post #20 of 39
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Quote:
Originally Posted by t4ct1c47 View Post
Please learn to read stickies.
I do I must have just missed that

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