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Technous285

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    Technous285 reacted to captain_to_fire in Apple allegedly plans to drop support of the iPhone 6s and SE (1st Generation) with iOS 15   
    I think it is pretty much standard for iOS devices to receive at least five to six generation updates which I think started with the iPhone 5s, not just security patches which is a lot better than any Android OEM including the Pixel phones.
     
    iPhone 5s: iOS 7-iOS 12
    iPhone 6: iOS 8-iOS 12
     
    iPhone 6s: iOS 9-iOS 14 (6 major updates)
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    Technous285 reacted to Delicieuxz in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    There's more about making copies of computer programs a little later in the Canadian copyright act. It does say that people may backup their computer programs and also modify them (which bypassing DRM would be a case of) as necessary in order to use them:
     
    https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/page-13.html#docCont
    Computer Programs
    Marginal note:Permitted acts
    30.6 It is not an infringement of copyright in a computer program for a person who owns a copy of the computer program that is authorized by the owner of the copyright, or has a licence to use a copy of the computer program, to
    (a) reproduce the copy by adapting, modifying or converting it, or translating it into another computer language, if the person proves that the reproduced copy
    (i) is essential for the compatibility of the computer program with a particular computer,
    (ii) is solely for the person’s own use, and
    (iii) was destroyed immediately after the person ceased to be the owner of the copy of the computer program or to have a licence to use it; or
    (b) reproduce for backup purposes the copy or a reproduced copy referred to in paragraph (a) if the person proves that the reproduction for backup purposes was destroyed immediately after the person ceased to be the owner of the copy of the computer program or to have a licence to use it.
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    Technous285 reacted to DeScruff in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Using a personal backup is legal (In the US) as precedented by Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Corp._of_America_v._Universal_City_Studios,_Inc.
    It is a perfect case of someone making a legal backup in a different medium (Live broadcast -> VHS) for personal use at a time of convenience for that person.

    This argument failed in A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., and MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. because those involved distribution of those backups, which Bitter's example does not include.
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    Technous285 reacted to Master Delta Chief in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Considering the continuing discussion on this particular topic,  at the end of the day, all that matters is that this action taken by Nintendo is just pathetic and unnecessary and shows how the current IP laws needs changing so it's less of a complicated mess as it is right now and can become more consumer friendly rather than benefitting large corporates.  
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    Technous285 reacted to SpaceGhostC2C in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    This is as vague as it gets. Like, if i grab a hammer by its head and hit with the handle, without asking its manufacturer, I'm "wrongfully using their work without their permission"  
    It gets more specific when it says:
     
    all of which confirm it as a distribution crime.
    that's most certainly theft.
     
    Once again, that's the most vague and overreaching statement possible. Of course it's not that.
    Oh, that's the meat. So, what does the law actually say?
     
    You've provided no support of that, si as you can imagine I'll hardly accept that as a conclusion, especially knowing what copyright actually is.
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    Technous285 reacted to CarlBar in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Which speedrunners and some competitive gamers routinely do. Seriously how do you think things like crowd control and randomiser races work. they eitheir involve modding the console or inserting somthing between the console and the media to modify the data as the console reads it.
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    Technous285 reacted to SpaceGhostC2C in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    That is the mistake: it is not.
    Copyright infringement is the violation of a legally granted monopoly. It requires you to act as a (ilegal) supplier. When my friend burns a copy of his CD for me, he is infringing copyright at that point, not I when I listen to it. 
     
    (It's also why it's call copy-right in the first place: back when the printing press became popular, and before the industry conflated intellectual property with copyright, monopolistic rights to sell copies of books were granted. These (copy) rights could be limited to a number of years. However, you remain the author -retained the intelectual property- forever, and anyone misrepresenting himself as the author would be guilty of plagiarism, the true crime against intelectual property. Reading books, on the other hand, was not a crime -well, except when it was a different crime ).
     
    I can buy a Batman comic, draw a mustache and a monocle on batman on every frame, then say I created Britishman, our new hero. It's not copyright infringement as long as I keep it to myself. It's not a matter of fair use, but of private use (I bring is up due to the "modifying software" bit of this thread's discussion).
     
    Robinson Crusoe cannot violate copyright.
    (well, until rescued)
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    Technous285 reacted to SpaceGhostC2C in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    If only more people understood that "piracy" (i.e., copyright infringement) is a distribution crime, not a consumption crime...
  9. Agree
    Technous285 reacted to Delicieuxz in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    EULAs count for nothing as they have no authority to override actual laws concerning people's people's rights over their property. People are fundamentally allowed to modify their own property, even if a software publisher claims otherwise.
     
    Further information on that is in this post: Understanding software licenses and EULAs: You own the software that you purchase
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    Technous285 got a reaction from Delicieuxz in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Just because Nintendo doesn't provide ISO's and other dumps of games on their system, doesn't make it illegal for someone who owns original media to say "fuck you" and make their own dump of their copy of original media.
    Additionally whilst Nintendo doesn't like it, they can't do jack squat legally about people modifying their consoles beyond refusing to do warranty repairs on them as First Sale Doctrine strips away any control that Nintendo might have had on the systems once they are purchased by the consumer (which is why companies like Ford can't force you to buy tyres from a Ford dealer, or use Ford petrol, use only Ford-made spares (as if there's anything truly made by them and them alone in spares outside of niche items anyway)...), plus the systems we're talking about being modified are well outside most normal warranty windows of 5-10 years.
    And even then, the whole "Warranty Void if removed/modified" dealio with stickers and such has no legal bearing anyway, never really did have much of a legal leg to stand on and has only been beaten in to the ground by the rise of Right To Repair laws in the US, and by guaranteed warranties enforced by laws in countries such as Australia where you have a legal minimum warranty and anything past that is optionally provided by the retailer or manufacturer who will shoulder the burden of repair-or-replacement depending how flawed the product was and if it was even fit for purpose at time of sale.
     
    The US has loopholes in DMCA to let people who own original media "protected" by DRM to crack the DRM to make a personal-use backup copy of original media.
    Australian Consumer Law outright says "you own a piece of media; it doesn't matter what DRM is used to 'protect' it, you're within your rights to break the DRM and make a copy of the media to use regularly whilst you store the original media away to preserve it. However if you transfer away ownership of the original media you must hand over the backup copy or otherwise destroy it.", which covers ALL forms of Audio-Visual media from things like 45RPM records, to compact cassette, 8-track, Laser Disc, VHS, Betamax, CDs, DVDs, BDs, and all forms of video game carts and discs.
     
    That means, no matter how much Nintendo wants to bitch, whine and moan about it; I as an Australian can go online and buy & import something to dump something as old as a NES/Famicom cart or as new as a DS or Switch cart, and I'm protected by law to use that device to make the dump, play the dump in emulator or on a flashcart, and put the original media away in its box for collection purposes as long as I do NOT share the dump.
    And guess what? I've actually had to procure a DS cart dumping USB device to make copies of my DS-era Pokemon games so I could load them on to a flashcart that I kept in my DSi whilst my original carts were stored away safely at home, before the carts started to fail.
  11. Funny
    Technous285 reacted to GhostRoadieBL in Android TV x86 released. Repurpose your old pc   
    I know right? I tried Red Dead Redemption 2 when it first came out and it's just a dead game, for those of us not running windows 95 and trying software AFTER an initial buggy release, it seems to be working pretty well on my virtual machine. Took a bit of a workaround installing onto a virtual disk but it works and is really close to android TV on the Nvidia Shield. 
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    Technous285 reacted to Master Disaster in Nintendo Issues DMCA Takedowns Against "Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity" Streamers   
    Wait, did you even read the OP? Everyone involved owned the game and it was officially released in their time zone.
     
    There was no piracy involved here, at all.
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    Technous285 reacted to Bombastinator in Nintendo Issues DMCA Takedowns Against "Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity" Streamers   
    I think we can all agree that using AI to serve automatic DMCA notices produces hilarious and too often really false results. There definitely needs to be a human in that chain to catch the derp. 
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    Technous285 reacted to Salv8 (sam) in Nintendo Issues DMCA Takedowns Against "Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity" Streamers   
    and on today's episode of 'How Anti-consumer can Nintendo get?'
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    Technous285 reacted to Delicieuxz in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    I would say that the onus lies with those seeking to argue the opposite.
     
    What's established in law is that people are entitled to bypass DRM when doing so is necessary to secure usage of their video game, software, movie, music, book, etc.
     
    Using a ROM to play a game sounds like it's fully within the concept and under the umbrella of bypassing DRM to secure the usage of an owned video game when better alternatives aren't available.
     
    I think that when a ruling is made, exercising the entitlement granted by the ruling isn't contingent on each conceptual aspect of the ruling being first further ruled-on before the entitlement is secured - such a situation would mean that a ruling can never be safely exercised because someone can always bring-up a contextual detail to a specific situation and claim it obstructs the ruling from being of any force. The ruling grants the entitlement it states, and any exceptions to it are what need to be argued separately.
     
    If someone thought that there needs to be an exception from the right to bypass DRM carved-out regarding ROMs, then they would have to make a case as to why that would be.
     
    If there's a city ordinance that says it's lawful to drive 50 km/h on certain roads, then it doesn't need to be legally tested whether it's lawful to drive 50 km/h on those road while in a Toyota, vs a Honda, vs a Chevy vehicle. The rule is simply that people may drive 50 km/h on those roads. And in the case of bypassing DRM, the rule in the US is that people are allowed to bypass DRM in order to accomplish usage of video games and software (and other things) which they legally own when there isn't available a better alternative to use that property of theirs.
     
     
     
    "However, under the doctrine of "fair use," individuals may be permitted to make backup copies or archival copies of some materials as long as certain conditions are met."
     
    The Library of Congress rulings have already moved things beyond the idea that is just "may be permitted", and have affirmed that people are permitted to make archive copies of their digital goods.
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    Technous285 reacted to Delicieuxz in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Using a ROM to play a game you own but otherwise can't access is an example of bypassing DRM in order to secure usage of your video game when there isn't a better option available - which is legal.
     
    If Big House could ensure that those using ROMs in their tournament all owned legal copies of the game, a ROM-based tournament in light of the covid-19 situation should be perfectly legal.
  17. Funny
    Technous285 reacted to Eaglerino in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    lol what they get backlash all the time, but people seem to have a problem with Nintendo protecting their very valuable, very old intellectual property. If you had a game series filled with characters as famous and worth the money as Nintendo does, you'd be hiring lawyers to stomp out any theft, no matter how small, just the same as Nintendo. The fact remains this is a third party mod made without permission of any kind for a game Nintendo still fully owns all rights to. They have ever last legal right to do this, and it's not their problem a bunch of people want to play a 20 year old offline-only game. Nintendo's also immune to the outcry of the angry Twitter army, which is a little refreshing from all the companies that buckle from one complaint (Ubisoft....)
     
    Nintendo's best option would be to bring Melee to the Switch somehow, but let's be real that's not going to happen
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    Technous285 reacted to 2Buck in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Right??? Even if Slippi was illegal (it's 100% legal), all it does is bring Nintendo fans together during a pandemic to play a game Nintendo hasn't sold and ignored for over a decade. Nintendo has NOTHING to lose here. Whoever sides with Nintendo on this gives no shit about consumer freedom and loves the taste of boots.
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    Technous285 reacted to 2Buck in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    You could always buy a Switch used on ebay, that way you get to enjoy the Switch and Nintendo gets not a cent. 
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    Technous285 reacted to 2Buck in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    What the TOs did was completely legal, it's so clear that you have no clue what is going on here. Do at least two minutes of research before you make yourself look foolish please.
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    Technous285 reacted to huilun02 in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    This is not about legality or rights...
     
    People who love Nintendo games had an event that also celebrates Nintendo and put the brand in good light. They mustered what was needed to keep it going amidst the pandemic.
     
    And Nintendo gave them the finger...
     
    Something is seriously wrong with people who consider themselves part of that band, and yet defend Nintendo's decisions.
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    Technous285 reacted to Crossbred in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Bro chill. I'm not saying they don't have copyright. They do. But people are legally allowed to make ROMs and run emulators. Nintendo can only make a legal move because they don't have express permission to stream, which they then don't have the legal right to do. What I'm saying is that, regardless of what Nintendo wants, if someone legally makes and uses a ROM it's none of Nintendo's business, but streaming footage of it or a conventionally used game with a console are both illegal without Nintendo's permission. But Microsoft doesn't sue a little kid up his butt for monetizing a Minecraft let's-play video. Sony doesn't care about sharing footage of the new Spider Man game. It's just Nintendo. 
     
    Defending a company on the grounds that they can do something is not always agreeable. Like how the law says that Amazon can pay dimes in taxes every year. 
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    Technous285 reacted to CarlBar in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Not really. If you've watched youtube or twitch of people who stream retro games they'll all show off roms occasionally, and any that play modded versions, (most speedrunners use modded versions for practise for example), thereof routinely they all have hardware for injecting code when playing on native hardware. I'm not sure about hardware for extracting the ROM's as much, (some absolutely do, but it's less talked about and sown off), but it wouldn't be unreasonable in the slightest given everything else.
     
    You see thats the difference here your claim is a made up number, there's no evidence behind it. @2Buck can likely point to youtube, twitch, or social media for many of the individuals in question to show that yes, they do have the ROM's. There's actual evidence on the matter if someone cares to look into it.
     
    For that matter in the case of a legal challenge this can actually be checked.
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    Technous285 reacted to Master Delta Chief in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    No it doesn't, only in the 'legal' sense. The laws itself surrounding IP is broken as it mostly benefits corporations like Nintendo and creates situations like these that are just unnecessary. Just because there's a particular law, doesn't mean it's a good one. There's no reason to defend Nintendo here at all.   
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    Technous285 reacted to poochyena in Nintendo issues CnD to tournament organizers for using "project slippi" an emulation mod allowing a 20 yr old game to be played online   
    Please learn the difference between civil vs criminal law.............
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