ROMS?

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ROMS?

by dbkdbk Jan 9, 2009 at 9:36 PM 1,875 Views 18 replies
  1. dbkdbk
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    Hey, I was wondering, are ROMS legal, I've tried looking it up, but I've gotten mixed answers, some say that they're illegal some say that they're not. So, what is it, are they illegal or not. BTW what if the ROM truly does belong to me, say I rip a ROM from one of my legally purchased VC games, is the ROM legal?
     
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    hehe, of course they're legal. you can find many in the downloads section.
    FREE games for everyone!
     
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    Are you being sarcastic?
    And just to make it clear, I mean Commercial Game ROMS.
     
  4. Sstew

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    You cant be serious. [​IMG]
     
  5. dbkdbk
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    Who are you reffering to?
     
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    This topic is starting to appear older than Jesus.
     
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    Of course Roms are legal, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, they all want you to download your games instead of paying for them. [​IMG]
     
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    I meant, is it legal to keep backups of your games as ROMS, and I seriously mean it. My bandwidth is limited and so I dont want to have to redownload games in case I need to.
     
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    Under the complete farce that is the current laws, you can keep a fair use copy of your own games as long as you didn't have to circumvent encryption to do so.

    So no ROM images from your lifetime are legal.
     
  10. dbkdbk
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    What's that supposed to mean?
     
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    Most fairly recent consoles require some kind of circumvention of encyption to extract images of the games. Which is illegal.

    An exception (apparently) is the GBA.
     
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    Either you're going to download it or not. Simple as that.
     
  13. dbkdbk
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    So, if I dump my Wii's NAND (Using Waninkoko FS) onto my PC and extract any ROMS from my wads, the ROMS i've extracted are illegal? [​IMG]
     
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    You cant download, backup, any of that. If its questionable to you then chances are you shouldnt be doing it.
     
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    I said, can I backup the ROMS in my WADs, and I seriously mean it for personal means.
     
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    Well, as i look at it, as long as no one knows that you have a digital copy of your game (ROM in easier words), and that you don't put it up on the Internet, it is legal enough.

    Let me ask you quite a simple question. If you dig your nose in a a closed and secluded place and manner in that no one sees you do the deed and no one can know you did that in any way possible unless you tell others, would you feel embarassed about it?

    In the end, it always boil down to how you feel about it. Oh, and that you don't tell other people of give it to other people. Simple, in my opinion. [​IMG]
     
  18. MicShadow

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    Well according to the mishmash of laws and agreements, any sort of homebrew is illegal.
    But nintendo sorta turns a blind eye to it, as it helps rather than hinder its sales

    When piracy gets involved, they start to crack down on it.

    So really lots of things are illegal, but only the bigger ones are made more obvious
     
  19. Dr.Stiles

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    Agreed.