> That's the thing I'm concerned about right there, joking aside. With a free, > ready-made emulator made available what is stopping someone from, say, buying the > rights to all the konami games and essentially selling mame as the "Konami > collection" Mind you that might not be a bad thing considering the current state of > "official" releases by companies, I just wonder about legal ramifications.
Konami did that on the PS2 in Japan, but they did it disc-per-game as a budget line where for like $10 or $15 you get the game, a soundtrack CD, and a DVD of someone demolishing it. I have the Haunted Castle one (of course) and it's obviously based on MAME.
Regarding bootleggers, have you not noticed the proliferation of "XXX-in-1" PCBs? The horse not only got out of the barn, it's been doing a nude victory lap in our faces. Emulating the 39-in-1 was my small way of taking a shot back at that scene.
>The other thing I worry about is now that you can sell mame, people might not contribute source code to the >main build and will make a custom build of mame and sell it.
You mean as opposed to now, when that already routinely happens?