Are Neo Geo roms copyright protected?

Discussion in 'NDS - Emulation and Homebrew' started by riverchen, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. riverchen
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    I wanna emulate them on my DS, for the lack of good fighters, but im on a public network. So, are they still copy protected?
     
  2. Fishaman P

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    Here's the thing. Copyrights are, by default, set to expire in 20 years. If the ROMs are less than 20 years old, then it's a no go.
    HOWEVER, you must watch out for extended copyrights and patents.

    Also, might I recommend the excellent DS fighters Bleach: The Blade of Fate or Bleach: Dark Souls? BoF is older, but you can spam attacks; Dark Souls has more characters (although most of them suck) and you cannot spam special moves.
     
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    Let's say a King of Fighters rom is 20 years old. The King of Fighters copyright is still renewed, so it's a no go.
     
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    Created 1/1/1978 or after - When work is fixed in tangible medium of expression - notice is irrelevant - copyright protecion lasts for the life of author and 70 years based on the the longest living author if jointly created or if work of corporate authorship, works for hire, or anonymous and pseudonymous works, the shorter of 95 years from publication, or 120 years from creation.
     
  5. TwinRetro

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    Well, there you have it folks! Neo Geo ROMS...ALL of them are copyrighted.
     
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    This is why I hate Disney.
     
  7. _Chaz_

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    Really? Copyrighted NeoGeo roms is why you hate Disney?
     
  8. riverchen
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    Goddangit. I wanted to get some better fighters.
     
  9. geoflcl

    geoflcl Permanent GBAtemp Newbie

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    Public network, huh? That's lame.

    So what are some downloads that you can and can't have?
     
  10. riverchen
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    Dunno, i just got some Homebrew.