QUOTE(the_snipe @ Mar 27 2006, 04:47 AM)
nice work! I hope Atari is next!
i see the legal issues of roms and emulators a lot in here and over at digitpress.com. What I've learned is that it's ok to have the emulators and roms as long as the hardware or games are no longer readily available. This isn't "word of mouth" from a guy that knows a guy. this is straight from the DMCA of 1998. The Library of Congress amended the DMCA in 2003 to make an exemption for video games and computer software that was considered obsolete.
Here is a summary of the exemption from the US government's copyright website....
(3) Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a condition of access. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.
I don't see Nintendo and Atari running out to prosecute us twenty-somethings for getting a Contra-itch every once in a while. The only question left to interpretation is who decides what is "reasonable available"? I don't see any Nintendo systems rolling off the assembly lines so I would assume you're safe to store them on your home PC.
Personally, I collect old games so chances are good that I own the game (several times over in some cases). I'm not trying to argue wether I'm for or against emus and roms. I would just like to know if anyone else has any hard information to refute the DMCA exemption.
The Library of Congress has recently granted copyright exemptions in the Digital Millenium Act to obsolete games. The exemption applies to games that require the original hardware as a condition of access, and if the game is “no longer manufactured or reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.”
This means that old, unsupported PC, console and arcade games will now be legal to own (so your illegal copy of Mame roms are now legit). The only muddy side is if publishers consider their old games to be “reasonably available” and plan to release classic games as bundles or bonuses, then the copyright protection still stands.
Nintendo Revolution will run NES , SNES , N64 Gamecube and Revolution games , so that makes it illegal to have a copy of the game without owning the original one or buying it from the Revolution Marketplace.