Originally posted by Fanha:
Don't be STUPID people! It's sad those of you who think ROMs are legal 24 hours, as backup, yada yada...you're just rationalizing.
yah, that's right.
This comes directly from Nintendos legal department ( http://www.nintendo.com/corp/faqs/legal.html ):
[b]What are ROMS?
A ROM ("Read Only Memory") is the type of chip used in Nintendo's video game cartridge which contains the game software. However, this term is commonly used on many gaming sites on the Internet that refers to game data that was copied from an authentic video game cartridge.
Are all ROMS on the Internet Illegal?
All ROMs published for play on Nintendo hardware and available on the Internet are unauthorized and infringing copies of copyrighted works.
Can I Download a ROM from the Internet if I Already Own the Authentic Game?
There is a good deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the backup/archival copy exception. It is not a "second copy" rule and is often mistakenly cited for the proposition that if you have one lawful copy of a copyrighted work, you are entitled to have a second copy of the copyrighted work even if that second copy is an infringing copy. That is utterly ridiculous and legally unsupported. Therefore, whether you have the authentic game or not, or whether you have possession of the ROM for a limited amount of time (24 hours), it is illegal and infringing of a copyright to download and play a ROM from the Internet.
The backup/archival copy exception is a very narrow limitation relating to a copy being made by the rightful owner of an authentic game to ensure he or she has one in the event of damage or destruction to the authentic. It is well established by judicial decisions in the United States that this limited exception does not apply to game data contained in ROM semiconductor chips in video game cartridges.
What is a Video Game Emulator?
An emulator is a software program that is designed to allow game play on a platform that it was not created for. The emulator software allows for console based or arcade games to be played on personal computers. The video games are obtained by downloading illegally copied software, ROMs, from Internet distributors. The ROMs then work with the emulator to enable game play on the computer.
How Does Nintendo Feel About the Emergence of Video Game Emulators?
The introduction of video game emulators represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers. As is the case with any business or industry, when its products become available for free, the revenue stream supporting that industry is threatened. Such emulators have the potential to significantly damage a worldwide entertainment software industry which generates over $15 billion annually, and tens of thousands of jobs.
They're rich enough! Those greedy bastards!
This is not the same people that put out Pokemon information; this is not a bluff and the information is correct.
And plus, with the ROM, you can't get a log, so you don't have any proof of victory.
Oh and BTW, if they have reason to suspect you have ROMs/Emulators in your possession, they CAN decide to hold an investigation, and thus can obtain a search warrent. An don't think deleting the stuff from your computer is all it takes; they usually bring in data recovery professionals if the data appears to be missing. Don't kid yourself about stuff like that; always realize what you face when you use ROMs/Emulators.
A little low level erase would do the trick.... or a small little magnet