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    Current legal status wrt emulators

    Spectrum Software, and others in the business refer to the following legalese:

    http://cryptome.org/dmca102700.txt

    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.
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    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.
    I promise that I have read the FAQ and tried to use the Search to answer my question.

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    No, not a waste at all.

    Quite useful information .

    Thanks, Woodmann

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