However, if one thing is clear, it`s this: if you don`t have a legal copy of a game, you don`t have the right to download it (yes, even if you delete it after 24 hours, or any other such nonsense). Legally, you cannot download a ROM even if you have a shopping cart. Your only 100% legal option is to extract the ROM from the cart. Not that I know of, and part of the problem is that any particular game, like Doom 64, could have been licensed by Nintendo or anyone, and if the license has expired since then (which it will have when Doom 64 has been licensed, since it is over 20 years old), then it can be a nightmare to understand who has the right to sell downloads of the ROMs. That`s why, for example, NIntendo mainly sells Nintendo ROMs (or ROMs with probably simple licenses) on their live service. “On the one hand, there is no amount of money that allows me to get a legal copy of this game,” Bambauer said. “On the other side of the argument, there`s what Disney is doing.” Disney`s strategy is to put classic movies “in the safe” for a long period of time. Instead of constantly leaving movies on the market, they republish them regularly, which increases demand and increases sales when that release actually arrives. Getting Started: Downloading a copy of a game you don`t own is not legal. It`s no different from downloading a movie or TV show that you don`t own. “Let`s say I have an old Super Nintendo and I love Super Mario World, so I download a ROM and play it,” Bambauer said.
“It`s a copyright infringement.” The key to emulating your favorite classic games is to find a reliable ROM site, and this can be difficult because not all ROM sites are legal. Some websites allow users to download stolen ROM files. In many cases, downloading a ROM violates various copyright laws. Note: Editing a ROM may be illegal in your region. In the My Abandonware FAQ, you will find that even though users can download the games, they are not responsible for downloads that are considered illegal in your country. So, if you have any reservations about downloading a game from this site, we recommend that you trust your instincts. Nevertheless, my abandonware has been in service since 2009 and continues to be live, so interpret it as you like. To find out, we have Derek E. Bambauer, who teaches internet law and intellectual property at the University of Arizona School of Law. Unfortunately, we found that there is no definitive answer, as these arguments have not yet been considered in court. But we can at least destroy some of the myths that are circulating.
Here`s what you need to know about the legality of emulators and ROMs in the United States. Still, many people see abandonware as fair use, as it`s unlikely that an out-of-company developer will take legal action for copyright infringement. It`s possible for someone to file a DMCA withdrawal or take legal action, but it`s also very unlikely. Many people argue online that if a game is not currently available on the market, downloading a ROM is legal. Because: There can be no damage to the market if a game is not currently on sale in digital form. What you can do is buy the Doom 64 cartridge yourself, and in this way, legally and morally, you own the game (as in, you have the legal right to play the game via the cartridge and on a real N64). If you own the physical cassette (and therefore the right to play the game), then downloading and playing a ROM file of it on your PC, while this may still be a legal gray area, would probably be morally good for most people (certainly from my point of view). True, you buy a used cartridge (I really doubt you will find a NEW Doom 64 cartridge now) will not even give a penny to the people who made the game, but this is true for all sales of used games (and used discs, used books, etc.) and second-hand sales are completely legal and accepted, and when there is no longer any way to buy the game legally from the manufacturers or publishers of the game, there is no way for you to give your money to the manufacturers of the game. ROMs are copyrighted material. Therefore, it is a legally protected medium that users are not allowed to copy, share, etc. The laws surrounding ROMs are notoriously vague and they almost certainly vary from country to country, but there is one thing that is definitive. Downloading ROMs (or sharing/downloading for others) that you do not own is illegal.
“Once you distribute a ROM, most people who download it probably don`t have legal copies of the game,” Bambauer said. “Then it`s a shame on the market, because Nintendo should be able to sell to these people.” But while there is no specific precedent for games, it does exist in other markets. “In the music industry, everyone accepts that moving space is legal,” Notes Bambauer. You can see where it gets complicated. “Fair dealing is a fuzzy standard, not a rule,” Bambauer explained. He says he can imagine some possible defensible scenarios. “If I have a copy of Super Mario World, I can play it whenever I want,” he notes, “but what I`d really like to do is play it on my phone or laptop.” In this case, downloading a ROM could be legally justifiable. I still don`t see how this is supposed to be legal. Printer manufacturers tried to block third-party ink cartridges, which was declared illegal.
Specifically, it was decided that it was legal for other companies to manufacture ink cartridges to work with another company`s printers. Downloading and using emulators is legal, but sharing copyrighted ROMs online is illegal. There is no legal precedent for extracting and downloading ROMs for games you own, although an argument in favor of fair dealing can be made. So no site in general to get Roma legally, but in your particular case for Doom 64 there seems to be a reissue.