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Poll Results: Are Emulators illegal? DESCRIBE ANSWER BELOW

 
  • 18% (10)
    YES
  • 81% (45)
    NO
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post #21 of 39
emulators are legal, but if you have a working PS1/PS2 emulator your breaking the law, that bios file you have to run is not leagal to have anywhere except on the PS, its a direct extract from the PS1/PS2 systems and is not legal at all, just a heads up to your PSX users


Personally i like Gens because i own just about the entire genesis libary anway.
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post #22 of 39
they are illegal if you dont own the game that is rom'ed, but if you do then it is not illegal

Edit by Vulcan - It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge.
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post #23 of 39
They are legal. They can be used to play illegal games or run apps illegally. Which is what i do
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post #24 of 39
Just to keep hammering the nails...not illegal...if you own the actual game.

Edit by Vulcan - It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge.
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post #25 of 39
Emulators aren't illegal.

Bioses of unowned consoles are illegal.

Rom backups of unowned cartridges/discs are illegal. I believe there is a loophole of having an unowned backup up to 24 hours before required to delete. Don't quote me on that and correct me if wrong, though.

Edit by Vulcan - It is illegal to download commercial ROMS whether or not you own the original cartridge.
    
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post #26 of 39
NO Emulators are not illegal unless they use copyrighted code from the orginal Console etc.

However running a ROM on an Emulator is defintaley illegal!

Edit by Vulcan - Running a legally acquired ROM in an emulator is not illegal. What is illegal is downloading commercial ROMS off the internet, whether or not you own the original cartridge.
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post #27 of 39
Some ROMS of once commercial games have been released by the company OR the company no longer exists and the intellectual rights belong to no one, therefore what you are doing may be technically illegal, but no corporate entity actually exists to bring about charges or a complaint.

Kind of a grey area for a lot of ROMS.
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post #28 of 39
Many people have said this already, but the Emulators aren't illegal, the ROMs generally are.
post #29 of 39
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Originally Posted by Mjolnir View Post
Some ROMS of once commercial games have been released by the company OR the company no longer exists and the intellectual rights belong to no one, therefore what you are doing may be technically illegal, but no corporate entity actually exists to bring about charges or a complaint.

Kind of a grey area for a lot of ROMS.
Eh, still a no-no. They still have commercial value, maybe even more so if the company no longer exists (unlikely, but possible). Even though there is little chance of repercussion, it's still illegal.
    
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post #30 of 39
This isn't a poll. There's nothnig to debate, nor are opinions relevant.

Emulators are legal as long as the code was legally created. You can "illegally" create an emulator, e.g. including licensed code that you did not pay for. But that's not common.

Downloading copyrighted ROMs is illegal. There is no "delete after 24 hours" rule; that's complete and utter nonsense, and anyone who actually believes that crap is just looking for an excuse to legally pirate.

It's also not sufficient to own the original cartridge. If you have the tools and ability to rip the ROM off the cartridge yourself, that's fine. But if you download it from somewhere, you are participating in an illegal file transer of copyrighted game code. Illegal. I don't know why so many people have trouble with this, it's just common sense. Just because you own a CD doesn't mean you have the right to download all the MP3s from the CD off of BitTorrent, but no one will question your right to rip your own MP3s. Same thing, easy to understand.

As someone pointed out, there are legal ROMS; basically it's homebrew for the emulated console. That's perfectly fine because there's no copyright being enforced, the creator wants you to play it. But the truth is that that's not what people download, they're going after the "real" ROMs...so I always say that downloading ROMs is illegal just to make it easier.

I suppose it's possible that a comercial game ROM has been turned over as freeware, but I know of no game that has done that. It was a rare occurrence with old computer games, and it's even less likely now given the popularity of download sales through channels like the Wii Virtual Console. It's common sense, guys: they're not going to give you for free what they can still make money off of.

I'll leave the thread open for further questions if there are any, but the poll is closed.
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