> I can see why the license updates might be needed for other open source/source > available emulators. The museum and academia views of: "...must avoid MAME." is odd > imo.
say you are a museum director and that you want to use inside an exhibition a computer running via MESS emulation a software you wrote for some old computer whose bios is public domain (e.g. I think some later Spectrum version has been disclosed as such)
would the ticket you charge visitors be considered a commercial use? would you risk in any case to be sued, when you can choose a different emulator, released under GPL/BSD license, without the need to contact MESS developers to clarify if it's commercial use or not?