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Re: Visualboy Advance question.

On Tue, Jun 29, 2004 at 08:12:52AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:12:03PM -0400, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> > 
> >>> That second case is pretty much where we stand with a *lot* of
> >>> game console emulators out there -- the only way to get data to
> >>> use with them is to break the law. Wonderful.
> >>
> >>Is it illegal if I own a game cartridge, and dump it? That part 
> >>probably isn't; US copyright law, at least, give me permission to make 
> >>a backup copy.
> > 
> > I'm not aware of any relevant precedents, but at least some of the big
> > console companies have stated in the past that (a) this is okay, and
> > (b) it doesn't have to be a dump of *your* cartridge either - you just
> > have to own one.
> Really?  I would be interested to know which console companies, since
> most of them try to pretend that emulation is always illegal.

Sega at least; they have even participated in the development of
emulators for various console platforms (notably including the
megadrive). If you ask the subsidiary "Sega of America, Inc." you'll
probably get a contradictory answer though.

Nintendo are the only ones I'm aware of that try to pretend console
emulators aren't legal (sheer sophistry though; they claim outright
"this thing is illegal because it can be used for illegal purposes").

Sony have given a stream of conflicting messages about the playstation
platforms. Their legal efforts focus on copyright (bios image) and
patent issues. They are in a rather uncomfortable position, because it
was the "Sony vs Universal Studios" case that said VHS recorders are
legal - they don't really want to disrupt that.

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