Started by hvc01, May 13, 2015, 10:32:52 pm
Quote from: SumixXam on May 14, 2015, 02:17:50 pmTo me, unlicensed refers to any work which has been unofficially released for a system, though "officially" through the company which produced it.Bootleg, and pirate are usually interchangeable to me, but if I had to define them I would probably say something like, a pirate is an unauthorized copy of the software, while a bootleg is an unauthorized copy of the software which tries to imitate an official copy to fool people in to thinking they have something official?Does that sound right to you hvc01?Where would you like the line drawn? Are bootleg/pirate copies of unlicensed software alright? How would you even be able to tell if what you had was "official" unlicensed software or a pirate/bootleg of unlicensed software? There is no quality control over unlicensed software. What is your stance on reproductions? Do you classify those as bootleg or pirate? Reproductions of unlicensed software? Many places in the world did not get official NES/Famicom releases so to them, their "bootlegs and pirates" are official, and with no copyright in place for the specific region, has a law been broken? Dendy is one company that comes to mind
Quote from: L___E___T on May 15, 2015, 05:22:32 am I pretty much agree with the definitions, I'd have to think further but in my opinion and experience to date - the potential issues arise when reproductions are involved.However even then, reproductions covers such a wide application - even down to 'genuine' whirlwind Manu releases being rehoused in legitimate Konami shells with an ambiguous label.If we are to have a new rule, it'll be an ethics rule I would have thought - all the complaints are always an ethics issue, but that is exactly the problem to make into a rule because it is so subjective and blurred. I don't think a rule to expressly prohibit the sale of repros outright is justified. There are plenty of reputable people out there making repros of things like SMB2J that appear welcome.
Quote from: hvc01 on May 15, 2015, 06:44:49 pmI suppose a rule doesn't need to be in place given that this is a small community and there exists a feedback system in place if an item isn't what you thought you were buying. I would like to say that I have not been the victim of such from this site. I have however been the victim of several gameboy advance games elsewhere. This system has a lot of counterfeit or bootleg carts that are quite difficult sometimes to tell the difference between an original item. I think the free market on this forum will keep everything done correctly for members anyway.