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Can You Get In Serious Trouble?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by soccerelvn, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. soccerelvn

    soccerelvn BANNED BANNED

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    If I create a Rom site for say, the Super Nintendo, can I get into any kind of serious trouble?

    I'm trying to figure out if its worth even tackling.
     
  2. SSL9000J

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    "Rom" site? And I thought they stopped making super nintendos in like 1989?

    Oh wait... I think I get it. There's tons of those sites already, so I'd think it's probably okay.
     
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  3. soccerelvn

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    Yeah a rom site. You know a site where you can go and download different retro games that play using an emulator on your computer.
     
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    i think he was just showing an example, if you are trying to sell something find an advertiser that has a product you want to sell and promote it, you cant get in any trouble for that, it's affiliate marketing
     
  5. mollah

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    I think you can get a C&D from Nintendo.

    Better host it in some country that doesn't care.
     
  6. Sneeks

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    Well I don't think so because they dont produce them anymore.... so how can they throw out a complaint for something that you can't buy at the store? I think this is where the loophole comes in.

    I'd love to team up with OP on this.
     
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    Nintendo has more to worry about than ROM sites. ROM sites help bring back yesteryears' gamers to gaming, Nintendo definitely knows this.
     
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    Go offshore if you want to play it safe. But I highly doubt that they will do anything to you even if it is illegal unless your making thousands from it.
     
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    I think I will sell exact copies of the Mona Lisa because DaVinci doesn't paint them anymore....:D


    But seriously....all the retro computers and consoles have their fansites with lots of downloads.

    I think I read an article a long time ago about the legality of this.

    The companies don't lose money on this (as earlier stated) because these consoles and games aren't on the market anymore.
    This money factor is a major one for companies to take action usually.

    The companies tolerate it as it gets their brand name out (even if this is unnecessary) and it is good PR.

    There are 2 things that are usually NOT tolerated:

    - selling the retro games
    - and with some companies, putting the brand name in your domain
     
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    I think you can if the site gets too big one of the biggest one's just got shutdown. :(
     
  11. NewWayInvest

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    Like someone else said, you'll probably just get a C&D IF they do anything. Chances are they won't.
     
  12. Prodige

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    Actually yes and no :) depends on which roms you host.. Certain protected games you may not share as roms since they have (god i know i am going to get the name wrong.. something like ESRA) protection. Other games however can be shared after a certain amount of time.. i believe its 10-15 years and they lose their "protection". Normally only the big hits are under protection like for example i know Zelda link to the past 2 is under that protection.

    They basically want to preserve to right to be the only seller for those kind of games since you can buy some on the Wii.

    As a safety precaution i would recommend a off shore server though and a quick disclaimer mentioning that you are only allowed to download roms if you actually have a original copy of the game :)
     
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  14. soccerelvn

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    Doesn't look like sega games are protected much at all. That might be the best system to make a site for.
     
  15. davidson

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    I don't know the answer for sure, but I would think that there might also be some copyright issues. Just because the company doesn't make the game any more, doesn't mean they don't have an interest in it. If they continue to hold the rights to distribute the game, they may jealously guard their interest and that could mean a fight.

    I don't know if you saw this in the news or not, but Men at Work (musical group from the 80's) just lost a copyright fight because the flute solo in "Down Under" sounds like a song that was written in 1930. The company that owns the copyright for the original song (the woman who wrote it has been dead for years) took the case to court and now Men at Work owe royalties on every copy of the song sold since the early 1980 and forward - the judgment amounts to millions of dollars.

    Just a recent point that people with intellectual property rights can decide to exercise them at any time.

    Get yourself some competent legal advise. Honestly, no one on this forum is professionally equipped to give you the advice you need to protect yourself from that kind of risk. All you're getting here is opinions - mine included - that may or may not have any basis in reality.
     
  16. plgo1

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    They are almost useless, the market is not too great for those these days.