> > Ok thanks. This is an HMV (the big retailer) product and I bought it years ago so
> > it is a dodgy copy that's news to me!
> I find it VERY strange a big UK high street retailer like HMV would be selling a
> product like that.
> I can only assume it was sold back when MAME was a very 'underground'
> scene..(Aggh..the good old days), and HMV had no idea about the legal aspects of
> selling a product containing ROM dumps.
That was exactly what it was.
HMV used to sell a fair few different "Classix" discs, all made by a company called "TFC Software". They could usually be found hidden among other PD/Shareware compilation CDs on a little spinny rack in the corner of the software section
I have a "Speccy Classix '98" CD right here (Which shows how far back we're going), full of ZX Spectrum, and for some reason, C64 games.
Check the utter bollocks they wrote on the back cover in an attempt to cover their arses:
The Contents of this CD-ROM have been previously been released onto the internet and therefore freely re-distributable either as Public-domain, freeware, or shareware. However no "direct" blatant copy of this CD should be produced by any "unscrupulous" CD producers.
...Seriously. I'm not making that up.
I must've seen these discs floating about HMV into the early 2000's. Long gone now though.