Are flashcarts illegal?

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  1. bloodred
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    I was wondering a question that have been In my head for a while I was wondering are flashcarts illegal some people have flashcarts and do not buy the game at all
    but some of us use it for backup like me lol and for homebrew ???
     


  2. TwinRetro

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    Flash carts are illegal in some countries, and not in most.

    Piracy is illegal in most countries, but not in some.
     
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    Piracy is clearly illegal while homebrew code is clearly legal, so flashcarts themselves fall into a bit of a grey area. I think (in the US, I don't know about Japan) they're *technically* legal if not used for piracy.
     
  4. bloodred
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    I use my SCDSTWO for backups lol
     
  5. windwakr

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    If you really are in Japan as your profile suggests, then they are illegal there.
     
  6. basher11

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    it's legal with homebrew.
    most people use it for piracy anyways.
     
  7. ShadowSoldier

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    Which is stupid. Flashcards should be legal everywhere. And everybody says "They're only using it to pirate games"... yet there are some really great homebrew apps..
     
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    Flash Cards when blank are legal in most countries. It becomes illegal when you put the games on it and if you're using a DSi, then when the firmware is flashed it becomes illegal as well. Atleast that is what I have been told.
     
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    I ish I was in other country so this carts can not be illegal
     
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    As long as you're in Japan, it's illegal.
     
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    All DSi flash carts are illegal since they contain copyrighted code from Nintendo, but most of the people here fail to see that.
     
  12. TwinRetro

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    Cite your sources, so that I may rip them to shreds with logic. I dare you.
     
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    They aren't manufactored or shipped with any of that code so they are not illegal by themselves.
     
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    Read, think and understand: http://hackmii.com/2010/02/lawsuit-coming-in-3-2-1/
     
  15. windwakr

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    Just because they don't have anything on them doesn't make them legal.
     
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    A quote:

    This make all DSi flash carts cleary illegal.
     
  17. TwinRetro

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    First, that's software. Second, this is the reason that "firmware" is distributed from offshore servers, and not included on a NAND chip on the cart. Third, this only applies to DSi compatible carts. Thus the carts themselves are not illegal.

    Thank you and have a nice day.
     
  18. JinTrigger

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    I think its fine as long as you aren't using it for illegal purpose
     
  19. Uncle FEFL

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    You're incredibly confident, yet you're still wrong. How do you think DSi flashcards bypass anti-piracy protection? They use codes from other games.

    From what I heard, they aren't Nintendo games though WiiBricker. They are third-party games for the specific reason of not trying to fight Nintendo in court.
     
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    In a groundbreaking case, the US Supreme Court rules that they are legal as they can be used for legitimate purposes.