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    Android. ILLEGAL apps?

    are apps like snesoid and gensoid etc. illegal to use on android?

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    Original Poster

    Also, is jailbreaking an iphone illegal or having a chipped ps1?

    xbox-360-elite

    Also, is jailbreaking an iphone illegal or having a chipped ps1?



    jailbreaking an iphone isnt as far as i'm aware. Unsure of the others though

    xbox-360-elite

    Also, is jailbreaking an iphone illegal or having a chipped ps1?


    emus are fine, roms are illigal

    jailbreak is legal, but against TOS, same with chipped PS1

    downloading games is illigal
    playing copies of games you own is lega

    Original Poster

    So, if i owned a game on snes, then downloaded a ROM for it, then would that be legal??
    Also,if i jailbreak an iphone and get paid apps for free, then that isn't illegal?!?!?

    xbox-360-elite

    So, if i owned a game on snes, then downloaded a ROM for it, then would … So, if i owned a game on snes, then downloaded a ROM for it, then would that be legal??Also,if i jailbreak an iphone and get paid apps for free, then that isn't illegal?!?!?


    21 questions?

    Jailbreaking is legal, but downloading non-free apps is illegal

    Downloading a SNES ROM is legal if you own the original. Same goes for any other console game.

    Not sure about modchips. I think there was a case where a man was successfully prosecuted for fitting chips (but he may have also been providing games with that.. can't remember), but in a more recent case, a UK based modchip supplier was cleared of any illegal activities

    It's something of a minefield. In Britain, owning an original piece of software, you are allowed to make a backup of that software. However, Terms of Sale (TOS) often prohibit this, particularly for things like ROM's. As a result, while downloading and using a ROM for a product that you already own is not a criminal act, it is normally against the TOS and so the software company could prosecute you. Several software companies have threatened consumers who have done this and settled with out of court fines. I don't know of any actual court case in the UK where someone who owns a ROM has been prosecuted for using a downloaded ROM.

    For non-software products like Blu-Ray, DVD, CD's - it is illegal to make copies of these products or to rip them as DIVX / MP3's etc. even if you own the original. However, I don't know of any cases where consumers have been prosecuted for ripping products that they already own and so although technically illegal, you are probably safe to do it.

    Modifying hardware that you already own is not illegal. However, again, it could be against the TOS. Selling modified hardware which breaches the TOS is also illegal in the UK although charging to modify it after sale would only be prosecutable by the manufacturer and not a criminal activity.

    In short, you could technically be prosecuted for modifying an iphone or PS1 by Apple / Sony although it wouldn't be criminal. You could be prosecuted for downlaoding media you already own or for ripping that media to another format but prosecutions under these circumstances would be highly unlikely.
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