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16 Nov 2008
By dannyjt

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Are emulators legal?

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Now i've always thought that emulators are legal aslong as you own the actual console and game. But recently i've been researching PS1 emulators so I can play Resident evil 2 at college when I get a laptop, and i've come across a number of things saying differently and that they are illegal. So what is it? Was I right, or should I be running to my computer to get rid of evidence?

Anyway legal or not, nothings going to stop me from playing my favourite PS1 games on the go.
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As far as i am aware if you own the proper game it is perfectly legal to paly an emulator
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No they aren't.
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The Emulators themselves are legal however the Roms/ISOs are not unless you own a copy of that game, for instance if you have a legitimate copy of Resident Evil 2 on disc then it's legal, if however you obtained the game from another source and do not own the disc then it is illegal

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Yeah I'm pretty sure what he said is right.
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Who cares to be honest, backdated games, backdated consoles. Technically it may be illegal but nobody cares if you download a 10 year old game.
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Retrogamer1978 wrote:

The Emulators themselves are legal however the Roms/ISOs are not unless you own a copy of that game, for instance if you have a legitimate copy of Resident Evil 2 on disc then it's legal, if however you obtained the game from another source and do not own the disc then it is illegal


that is all correct apart from the bit in bold.

you are not allowed to make a copy of a game at all.

doing so is illegal.

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samc12 wrote:

Retrogamer1978 wrote:

The Emulators themselves are legal however the Roms/ISOs are not unless you own a copy of that game, for instance if you have a legitimate copy of Resident Evil 2 on disc then it's legal, if however you obtained the game from another source and do not own the disc then it is illegal


that is all correct apart from the bit in bold.

you are not allowed to make a copy of a game at all.

doing so is illegal.


Did you know that putting music from CD's you own onto your computer is illegal ;)

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Emulators: legal

Roms: illegal

 

Don't do it! 

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