> So museum owners are all set now. They just need to check every separate source file > used to emulate the software they want to display which they will know like the back > of their hand and then look up relevant licenses. No need for a 5 minute email > anymore.
Since people keep laughing about "museums", here's the actual whitepaper where it was briefly discussed.
You'll note that while MAME is mentioned, the place where the license is criticized is regarding MESS.
You'll also note that this whitepaper is from August 2010. This is surely not the first time an archive project decided not to go with MAME/MESS over its license - despite it being otherwise perfectly suited for this use.
Quote: All four emulation platforms were able to successfully run the Star Raiders ROM image. However, based upon the teamís criteria for emulation software, all but Stella were eliminated from contention. Specifically, MESSís licensing policy was too restrictive for use as an archival system, and both PC Atari Emulator and Z26 are in an indeterminate state of upkeep, despite the latterís popular following in some segments of the emulator community