View Full Version : Current legal status wrt emulators

October 10th, 2009, 09:24
Spectrum Software, and others in the business refer to the following legalese:


As I read it, this determination appears to have expired in 2003. Is there an updated ruling or have I misinterpreted the above referenced text?

Mr Montoro's site, refers to a 2006 ruling that backs up the earlier ruling. Unfortunately, he does not provide any reference.

October 10th, 2009, 09:58
This is my week for looking foolish. Wasn't looking in the right place. The ruling is covered in 37CFR part 201.40. Specifically:

37CFR 201.40.B.3
Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a condition of access. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.

This appears to be what I was looking for. My apologies for wasting bitspace.

October 12th, 2009, 20:22
No, not a waste at all.

Quite useful information .

Thanks, Woodmann