> I think I know what the Mame team is trying to do here (protect their trademark)
> but does anyone else have a problem with some of these terms and think that
> they're overstepping their authority? I'm curious about #6 and #7 particulary.
> If I were to package roms or post a picture of a game shouldn't the original
> game developer and not the Mame team be the ones to have a beef with me?
MAME is trying to get totally deattached from any illegal activity, hence those 2 points. They're not trying to tell you that you don't have any rights for posting game snaps with your auction or product advertisement, but they are telling you that you can't use the MAME trademark in such situations.
Beyond the fair use, you can't use the trademark as you want, you don't have those rights. And MAMEdevs have now made a set of simple rules which state to which extent they'll allow the trademark to be used and what do they consider fair use. I think that it's a simple and logical step and the rules have been made with a good amount of common sense. I can also agree that they're kind of restrictive, but that should be considered normal compared to the absolute freedom people has had with using the MAME name. But if they want to change the situation of the abuse of the MAME name, they have to start with this kind of actions.
And if you'd go to the thread at mame.net/gen and read the post by Aaron Giles, you'd get more information from the origin.
Just my two or three cents.
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