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Luigi Ruffolo
10-28-2021 at 10:47 PM
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  1. Barthax's Avatar

    Not being familiar with the US law, I wonder where this puts the archive.org collections of games. It's apparently backed by congress (vague memories of reading something) and two museums (one being the Smithsonian). Is archive.org's activities protected from the Copyright laws?

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    "The U.S Copyright Office has issued new copyright protection exemptions that allow librarians and archivists to archive and distribute copyrighted media. Sadly there's no new protections for older games--but there are some new notable exceptions that impact game preservation. "

    I think the real issue is with the distribution of the media. Archiving, backing up, dumping, etc. have all been allowed (and truthfully can't be prevented). The issue is with distribution. Backup and preserve all your ones and zeros. Just don't share or sell, if the backups contain viable video games that the copyright owners can still profit from.



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  3. datagod's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Barthax

    HOLY SMOKES!!!

    I have used wayback machine for years, but never encountered archive.org before. See you in a couple months when I come up for air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datagod


    HOLY SMOKES!!!

    I have used wayback machine for years, but never encountered archive.org before. See you in a couple months when I come up for air.

    LOL, yeah, it's almost like every ROM site could use it as a legal backup location. :P Considering how aggressive Nintendo are in cease & desists I'm surprised there is so much of their stuff on there.

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