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Old 7th June 2009, 04:18 PM
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Right, I've got a question.

If I own the cartridge of a game, even if it's pre-owned, is it legal to have a ROM of it?

That's it basically. Any help appreciated.
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Old 7th June 2009, 07:29 PM
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Physically up to you
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Old 8th June 2009, 05:24 PM
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Buh...

What? I'm going to need you to explain that :P.
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Its up to your interpretation of the law.
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Old 9th June 2009, 03:30 AM
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Here is a good description of the legal side of things:
http://www.overclocked.org/emufaq/EmuFAQ_index.htm
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People have been following morals, but definitively having the ROM is legal.

Having the software from the ROM chip is by default also legal, but where things get illegal as far as law rejects is actually of the procedure of getting it. (One way to say magically have it without needing to retrieve it would be like, being its creator.)

Depending on what you've read, all possible methods of obtaining the ROM software may be illegal, or some are legal. Law that we may rely here to reference has not much bothered extra time into definition; some option is left to us.
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Old 9th June 2009, 05:55 PM
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Right, so I only break the law for a little bit, but then I'm clear? Kind of like torrenting an album you own? Okay, I think that means I'm fine with emulating the games I have.

Although I am in the UK, which may change things :/.
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It also depends where you live. This has not been addressed as much in many answers....

I'm a bloody American, but back in some countries in Europe, Russia as well, there's more of a sharing take. The UK is comparatively tight though, and it is capitalist of course.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but at least for most type of media, only the distribution is illegal (enforceable). Getting it is not illegal even if you don't own it, maybe not "morally" correct, but that's a different thread. This applies to music, videos, video games, etc. So if you just download it, you are fine... if you share it, you are doing something illegal. This is why you have to be careful with torrents and P2P.. in those, you are sharing, not just downloading.
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I am not trying to challenge your standpoint, but since you have some uncertainty, I wanted to link to a more tense explanation. I'm probably gonna get shot for linking to this, I know, but some people haven't read it.

http://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp
 

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