- Sep 25, 2011
Do you guys think it is ok and legal to use emulation programs )such as project64 and dolphi) to play roms that you already own for the sake of making walkthroughs and cheating?
Obviously, Nintendo in one way or another sees emulators as illegal. However, I found this to be contradicting:Nintendo - Corporate Information said:Yes. Personal Websites and/or Internet Content Providers sites That link to Nintendo ROMs, Nintendo emulators and/or illegal copying devices can be held liable for copyright and trademark violations, regardless of whether the illegal software and/or devices are on their site or whether they are linking to the sites where the illegal items are found.
Nintendo uses emulators, as does Sony and any other major company that somehow allows playing of a port. For example, the Nintendo Gamecube collect "Zelda:Collector's Edition" is actually just a bunch of ports, ran on the GC's ability to emulate. The Wii's Virtual Console is also just software emulation as well. That is partially why some games haven't been released, and why others have fatal errors that weren't present in the original release; emulation isn't perfect and it is doubtful it ever will be.Nintendo - Corporate Information said:How Come Nintendo Does Not Take Steps Towards Legitimizing Nintendo Emulators?
Emulators developed to play illegally copied Nintendo software promote piracy. That's like asking why doesn't Nintendo legitimize piracy. It doesn't make any business sense. It's that simple and not open to debate.
And then there's this fact:People Making Nintendo Emulators and Nintendo ROMs are Helping Publishers by Making Old Games Available that are No Longer Being Sold by the Copyright Owner. This Does Not Hurt Anyone and Allows Gamers to Play Old Favorites. What's the Problem?
The problem is that it's illegal. Copyrights and trademarks of games are corporate assets. If these vintage titles are available far and wide, it undermines the value of this intellectual property and adversely affects the right owner. In addition, the assumption that the games involved are vintage or nostalgia games is incorrect. Nintendo is famous for bringing back to life its popular characters for its newer systems, for example, Mario and Donkey Kong have enjoyed their adventures on all Nintendo platforms, going from coin-op machines to our latest hardware platforms. As a copyright owner, and creator of such famous characters, only Nintendo has the right to benefit from such valuable assets.
Source: http://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp#emulatorHaven't the Copyrights for Old Games Expired?
U.S. copyright laws state that copyrights owned by corporations are valid for 75 years from the date of first publication. Because video games have been around for less than three decades, the copyrights of all video games will not expire for many decades to come.
"They" have. (ROMs/ISOs/BIOSes specifically, not emulators alone.) Many sites have been taken down due to copyright infringement.I wouldn't call emulation illegal because if it was illegal, why haven't they banned websites that offer ROM's and emulators?