> Hello??? You're including the roms with the emulator, right? What Aaron just
> pointed out was there is no "grey" area in that and he's right. You can legally
> distribute your emulator since it is your work, but if you aren't the legal
> copyright owner of the romfiles, then distributing the roms with it is
> definitely illegal. You might not necessarily get caught, but don't kid
I'm not kidding myself, I know full well that strictly speaking he's right. Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough in that, but that *is* what I said.
My point with the 'grey area' remark was that *execution* of the law is one grey area since the law always has to be interpretted. If it wasn't, there would be no point in trials, would there?
As for JEmu2, given the current state of affairs I don't think I really harm anyone, so as I see it, yes, if a copyright holder has objections to what I do, they can definitely use the law to enforce me to remove the roms. And I would respectfully oblige.
But I don't make money from their work, I'm not claiming the games are mine, the roms were already spread for a long time, those titles are not sold anymore for a long time so as far as I can tell, I'm not causing any real damage.
In the context of the current state of affairs, JEmu2's like a firecracker after an a-bomb explosion. A firecracker might be annoying, but it can't be held responsible for the big mushroom cloud.