> Again why would that be an issue, if the game was properly documented including the > hardware? Mame is just a platform. If archiving is so important, why the reluctance > to submit the project to the Library of Congress?
Are you serious?, submit a worldwide project to the U.S. Library of Congress and make it their own? Maybe you don't know it because you don't live outside, but U.S.A is not the center of the world and neither everything man has invented on earth comes from it. MAME for instance was originally born Italian. Contributors are worldwide citizens who don't need to request U.S.A. if they want to participate.
U.S.A. also doesn't dictate the copyright laws for all the world.