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The legality of emulators.

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Over the years I have been aware of and played emulators that you can find on the internet. These however have always been really REALLY old games that are all but impossible to find in any other incarnation. Recently, however, I happened accross a site that will emulate DS and gameboy advance games that range from decently old, to games that are not even 2 years old.

 

My question is, how are these sites allowed to stay up and running? What kind of loop-holes are being exploited. Its so blatant I just couldn't get my head around it.

 

I know copyright laws vary from country to country, but theft is a no-no in all the areas I'm aware of.

 

Thoughts?

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Usually it's the old "you are not supposed to download any game that you don't have a physical copy of"  be it on a disk, cartridge, or arcade motherboard 

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Setzaroth wrote:

Over the years I have been aware of and played emulators that you can find on the internet. These however have always been really REALLY old games that are all but impossible to find in any other incarnation. Recently, however, I happened accross a site that will emulate DS and gameboy advance games that range from decently old, to games that are not even 2 years old.

 

My question is, how are these sites allowed to stay up and running? What kind of loop-holes are being exploited. Its so blatant I just couldn't get my head around it.

 

I know copyright laws vary from country to country, but theft is a no-no in all the areas I'm aware of.

 

Thoughts?


The only emulator I ever used was to play a pokemon game for the gameboy Smiley Tongue

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Emulators can be distributed legally. They are perfectly legal in the US. ROMS are not. They are distributed from countries that do not care. The US simply does not care enough to get the people who download them.

 

Technically, you are only supposed to use a ROM if you have the game already physically.


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Emulators can be distributed legally. They are perfectly legal in the US. ROMS are not. They are distributed from countries that do not care. The US simply does not care enough to get the people who download them.

 

Technically, you are only supposed to use a ROM if you have the game already physically.


So, what you're saying is there is no way to enforce such a law.

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Setzaroth wrote:

bob-maul wrote:

Emulators can be distributed legally. They are perfectly legal in the US. ROMS are not. They are distributed from countries that do not care. The US simply does not care enough to get the people who download them.

 

Technically, you are only supposed to use a ROM if you have the game already physically.


So, what you're saying is there is no way to enforce such a law.


Essentially lol. Luckily, emulators are usually harmless. Computers these days have a really hard time running Wii emulators. By the time PCs are able to run games from this gen on an emulator, the games will be out of print. This would mean that buying it would not help the publisher anyway.

 

I only use ROMs if the game I want to play is not available elsewhere where the money goes to the publisher.

 

The new issue is this: Aren't emulators stealing from publishers since all the classic games are being rereleased on the virtual stores? That is where I begin to call it stealing.


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Setzaroth wrote:

bob-maul wrote:

Emulators can be distributed legally. They are perfectly legal in the US. ROMS are not. They are distributed from countries that do not care. The US simply does not care enough to get the people who download them.

 

Technically, you are only supposed to use a ROM if you have the game already physically.


So, what you're saying is there is no way to enforce such a law.


Essentially lol. Luckily, emulators are usually harmless. Computers these days have a really hard time running Wii emulators. By the time PCs are able to run games from this gen on an emulator, the games will be out of print. This would mean that buying it would not help the publisher anyway.

 

I only use ROMs if the game I want to play is not available elsewhere where the money goes to the publisher.

 

The new issue is this: Aren't emulators stealing from publishers since all the classic games are being rereleased on the virtual stores? That is where I begin to call it stealing.


Except if you don't own a current gen console.

 

About stoping ROM distribution, good luck with that, once something is on the net, it becomes really hard to shut down.

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bob-maul wrote:

Setzaroth wrote:

bob-maul wrote:

Emulators can be distributed legally. They are perfectly legal in the US. ROMS are not. They are distributed from countries that do not care. The US simply does not care enough to get the people who download them.

 

Technically, you are only supposed to use a ROM if you have the game already physically.


So, what you're saying is there is no way to enforce such a law.


Essentially lol. Luckily, emulators are usually harmless. Computers these days have a really hard time running Wii emulators. By the time PCs are able to run games from this gen on an emulator, the games will be out of print. This would mean that buying it would not help the publisher anyway.

 

I only use ROMs if the game I want to play is not available elsewhere where the money goes to the publisher.

 

The new issue is this: Aren't emulators stealing from publishers since all the classic games are being rereleased on the virtual stores? That is where I begin to call it stealing.


Except if you don't own a current gen console.

 

About stoping ROM distribution, good luck with that, once something is on the net, it becomes really hard to shut down.


That is still unfair to publishers. Just because you are too cheap to legally buy their game does not make emulating it okay. If the game was never available in these outlets, I see reasoning for ROMs.


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