Originally Posted by squarezero
Congratulations: you are part of the .0001%. Needless to say, nearly everyone posting on this thread has not bought the arcade games, particularly those who downloaded that 1.6 gb set making the rounds. But guess what, even if you own the pcbs that doesn't make legal to download the ROMs (at least not in the US).
I'm not saying that MAME is immoral, or even unethical. But it's definitely illegal to download ROMs in the US.
No its not illegal, i have the right to download or dump the roms on my pcbs for archival purposes in the event one of them goes corrupt. I also have the right to use that dump in any device just so long as i don't resell and retain the backup copy. I am also allowed to use that dump on any device as long as I am only using one copy at a time and not using another backup copy simultaniously. The same laws that govern dvds also govern the data on the pcbs i own.
You are legally able to make a copy of your dvd, download a copy if you do not have the means to make a copy yourself, burn it to a disc and use it in place of the original copy. The law protects these rights and sets strict guidelines on usage and backing up materials you own the right to use.
Downloading is not illegal, distributing it is. If it is being distributed in a country that does not adhere to the same laws we do, that is not my problem. All i am liable for is the laws and useage in the country i reside in and in the USA i have these rights.
If you don't believe me check the ESA website, they are the group that enforces software copyrights in the united states. It explictly states the fact mentioned above. They are the group that will go after you and work in coordination with the authorities to enforce these laws.