Just wondering if it is illegal

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  1. Ferrnando
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    Hey,
    If in the future gateway 3DS works in the newest firmware and I buy one to play a backup copy of a game against my second 3DS (those multiplayer games which every console needs a copy) will I be doing something illegal? I was thinking that backup and homebrews aren't illegal, so why would that be?
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  2. dezmen

    dezmen GBAtemp Regular

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    People are such a pussies... "Play my backup bla bla" Just download any 3ds rom you want, yes it's pirating, but no, it won't cause any issues.
     
  3. FireGrey

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    It's a very debatable subject, but "backups" are technically legal.
     
  4. Nurio

    Nurio That Kirby fan

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    I think that depends on the country you're in, and also if you play a backup you dumped yourself or if you play a backup downloaded from the internet (regardless of whether you own the original game or not.)
     
  5. yusuo

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    I love this answer and it is so true nobody takes any action on personal use. Its if you were gonna start selling them that you get into a sticky mess
     
  6. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Backups themselves are not illegal (or at the very least, depending on the definition, it's subject to territorial law). The storage medium is prone to damage - the software is not since it's not a tangible, physical object. Software companies may discourage it, but it doesn't mean that it's illegal.

    What's illegal is using one copy of software to play on two platforms simultaneously, which is what the OP is trying to do. The license the software comes with specifies how many copies can be used, and in the case of retail 3DS games that number is one copy.

    tl;dr Yes, it's illegal to copy a game you own for the sake of playing multiplayer between two systems. You only own one copy and you can only use one copy at a time.
     
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