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Legal to have playable NES roms that cannot be downloaded?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Phunky, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Phunky

    Phunky Regular Member

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    I came across a site called vNES many years ago and they allow people to play old nintendo games on their site. Now in the legal policy it says this:

    So they can legally allow people to play nes roms since they are not available for download? I have always wanted to run a site like this, but I do not want to violate copyright law. This site has been around for a long time though so they are obviously getting around it somehow. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    The methods of archival and transfer used in the vNES software can be reasonably argued under the premise of fair use, given the following:
    The purpose and character of the use, such as if the works are used for commercial or nonprofit purposes.
    Since our inception, vNES has been an advertisement-free public website which does not require subscription.



    Question is - who has reasonably argued it?? They seem to put up their argument in what you have posted, but has a Corp challenged it to date - it would appear not.

    They are proving they are not for profit a number of times in there and effectively arguing as such they are expemt from copyright laws (apparently) - tread careful with this one is all I would say.

    A lot of the above seems assumption on their part and not legally challenged, remember P2P started like this and look what happened to those guys who got caught big!!
     
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    as an after thought.....doesnt this quote say it all???

    Although we personally believe, in good faith, that we are fully within all applicable laws, there are some overly-litigious organizations that would say otherwise
     
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    I talked with an attorney about this and there are simply too many loopholes on both sides for me to feel its worth pursuing. It's a shame because I could bank on it, but I don't feel like dealing with legal issues. :(