The legality of emulating games has always been a grey area. The law currently states that owning emulators and ROMS is not illegal but contrasting laws and opinions cast uncertainty over what you actually can and can’t do.
They already are legal. Emulators have always been legal. Roms are the grey area, they are legal as long as you own a copy of the original cartridge, cd, whatever.
The ROM/ISO has to be ripped from your own copy also. It is never legal to download someone elses rip. Same with the BIOS for the emulator. The emulator itself is legal, but downloaded BIOS files are not.
No they should not be legal because I need people who actually buy there games so I can get it for free.
ROMs are NOT legal, even IF you own the game....You are not authorized to make copies of the game period, purchasing the game ONLY gives you the license to use the software not make copies of it...Im not sure where people keep getting this garbage that they're legal if you own the game
The U.S constitution gives people the right to make a single copy of any digital software for backup purposes. Although circumventing any copy protection is technically illegal. Cart based games do not have copy protection, so they are legal to make a copy of. For disks it becomes a bit more complicated. (excluding Dreamcast games which also lack copy protection) http://www.usf.edu/it/servi...
Copy protection doesn't remove the right to make a backup copy, but when making that copy you have to include the copy protection. I know with the PS1 there was only one burner on the market which could actually write the zero sum sectors, and it was very expensive and had a limited run so was hard to find, and didn't actually work for burning games anyhow. Anyhow, if you include the copy protection, the liklihood that it would run where it's supposed to is slim depending on the type of protection. That's where mod chips came in. For emulators, they are legal, and you can rip a copy of a CD(including the protection), but in order to play it legally you would need a modified bios which didn't infringe on the original, which are pretty rare.
If their old games why not
Because some of the old games are still being sold digitally.
PS Classics and Wii VC. And besides, Emulators are legal and anyone who knows about emulation or really wants to play an old game can get their hands on a copy of an emulator and ROM, it's not hard and cops won't come bursting through your door. There is no profit in its legalization unless the companies opt to sell their own emulation software and ROMS.. it's entirely up to them. Should non-proprietary/third-party emulators/roms be legal? Sure, why not, I'd love it to, but not if I was one of these companies.
They are fine the way they are, they dont need promoted by a law nor do they really need some enforced laws to forbid them.
Legal or not my psp says thank you lol.
My PSP was amazing with emulators. Even my Droid and Samsung Galaxy S4 are perfect with the Sixaxis app and a controller.
It's still amazing.
I don't see anything wrong with emulator and roms. It doesn't hurt corporations.
I've found them useful for games I already own so I can advocate for them. It becomes a gray area when people do not follow that principle - emulate what you own.
Should be legal but doesn't matter, because people will get doing it.
It's like trying to stop the drug trade. Not happening.
Is it illegal to download an ISO of a game that you own that has a damaged disc and won't work anymore? The game is Kingdom Hearts 2, which I bought brand new in 2007, but after a few years it just stopped working. EDIT: I forgot to mention that the ISO can't be ripped from damaged disc. I just get errors.
I'm gonna say, as long as you still own that copy, then yes. But I'm no Saul Goodman.
NO its not legal to make copies of the game period...I don't know where the notion came from but even if you own the game ROMs are not legal period...Your not purchasing a game, your purchasing a license to operate the game and thats it, not to make copies of it....Its not their problem if someone damages their software, MS doesn't replace your copy of Windows if you damage it, your expected to purchase another copy... You have never owned the game you bought going all the way back to Atari, with software your only given a license to use it...
Technically no. The copy has to come from your own copy, although I assume you could copy it from another person's copy if you have the original, but not really sure. Overall, I wouldn't worry about it. While I don't condone piracy, if you own the original copy, I say go for it, because this is kind of a huge gray area. You're highly unlikely to get any charges or suits against you by doing so, and if you own the original, even if you did it would likely not go anywhere. Companies tend to go after the big pirates who try to profit off their work or distribute copyrighted materials. Outside a thing in the movie and music industry a while back, individual downloaders have never been bothered by a company.
I do not pirate any game that has been out in the past 15 years. strike that,i did pirate warcraft 3 when i was young and stupid but since then nothing. old snes games and the like i do rom download for a case of nostalgia. i also own the final fantasy's and square-enix's library on several platforms. a lot of Nintendo classics too. The problem i have with the gaming market is that there are so many games i have not tried, even though i have been gaming for almost 30 years, and with stupid licensing issues are keeping these games from being emulated legally on systems i own. Final fantasy still has not made it over the wii u, so my wii mode edition just sits there. Greed has kept great titles from being released for reasonable prices. When nintendo nx comes out, if there is a virtual console i have to pay a fee for the license or rebuy again when it is digital and my computer in 1998 could play the games easily with software written in some guy's basement. The fact that my ps1 and ps2 games are not backwards compatible with the ps4, when it clearly has enough power and software engineers to do so, speaks volumes as to how much money these companies think their old games are worth.And when it does not perform as expected they get disappointed. Allowing a great deal to play old games means that they will get money coming from IPs that may have never seen the light of day again. It is also a show of support for the legacy that brought the industry to where it is. If i ever go completely digital, psn, xbox and wii, or whatever other contenders are out there must make the games playable on each iteration of the console. otherwise i would have never actually owned anything for my money. The day games go all digital and this system is not standard is the day i go retro. To me Law has to make sense. I am not an anarchist, nor am i completely non conformist, but law does not dictate to me what is right and wrong. Example:It was once against the law for black people to use white people washrooms.I am not comparing racial desegregation and video games, simply making my point that the law is very subjective to the times and location. In this case of old IPs or old games, these companies can either offer them at a reasonable price, or they can just let us download them. I do not support greed. if i buy a used game from 1997 not a stitch of money goes to the developer anyway.
Okay pirate away just save complaints, suggestions and reviews for paying customers. Stop feeding the trolls!
They already are, technically. They should be commercialized, though. Put ads and s***, make them legit.
Emulators and roms are necessary to keep retro gaming possible. So much of the catalog is very hard to come by as they get older and older. And our new tv's display them terribly anyway. I tried to fire up my n64 a couple weeks ago and sadly it stopped working somehow. Last I knew it worked 3 years ago.
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