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    Thread: US company busted for selling multiboard arcade machines?

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      US company busted for selling multiboard arcade machines?

      https://www.kotaku.com.au/2017/08/co...ler-lifestyle/

      I'm assuming from the article they are multiboard - but be they x-in-1 or full MAME setups, it doesn't really make a difference.

      Can't imagine they'll be knocking on doors of people submitting scores to Twin Galaxies (or MGL for that matter) to make sure they legally own the ROMs, but any company selling arcade cabinets using these multiboards, or maybe even siting and profiting....well if it was me, I'd be a tad nervous.

      Guess there are no issues with a lot of games because the copyright holders are no longer around - but anything DK or Pac-Man, hmmm, Nintendo and Namco-Bandai seem like they are particularly precious when it comes to their IP which is worth a hell of a lot to them.

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      Amazing how its taken this long.

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      Guessing the Raspberry Pi seller's will be next.

      Not sure I believe the amount of profit the article alleged they made.
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      $1.2 in cash, couple of cars and half a dozen properties - might be less than US$2m. When you consider the size of the American market for mutli-arcades, $2m isn't an unreasonable amount to catch someone with selling these.

      As for the Pi - well, there is no issue at all selling machines or PCB's capable of running ROM's via MAME, the issue becomes when you put ROMs on them as a bundle.

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      I don't see how this would affect us here in Aus. Too bad for the yanks though


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      Yeah, American based companies wouldn't sue the little old Aussies.

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      None of the PiCade sellers bundle roms (I bought one a year or so ago) but they do advise on how to load them in when you buy one, nothing illegal there..

      Yeah this has taken how long ?! I bought a xxx-1 multiboard upright 2P cabinet nearly 10 years ago now off ebay and they are still going strong there in different formats.

      edit: similar issue now with virtual pinball cabinets. the MAME of video pinball "visual pinball" uses a Program called PinMAME and original rom dumps from pinball manufacturers just like mame does with arcade games. hobbyists build the games in the game editor and link it all to the rom. some of the new games like ACDC, Monster Bash, Medieval Madness, etc are incredibly detailed and faithful to the original.

      It's created an interesting issue for Stern with their IP... the virtual tables made for free by hobbyists are accurate and faithful to Stern's games still in the market now.... meaning you can 'simulate' a $10k Stern product in a cabinet you made yourself with full feedback and use real DMD's, and all using free software and free games....power to the people
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      Oooh controversy, anybody would think we're in the Pinball section.

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      You beat me to the post by 15 minutes. It's interesting such effort for such old games only played by enthusiasts. But I guess the company was profiting and Pacman still has some value.

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      https://www.coinopstore.com/

      Multiboard cabs is one part of their business... it's not like these reported riches were made just from selling multiboard pirated games. They also sell genuine PCB's, arcade furniture, and original arcade games.

      No one ever sites these machines (outside of china lol) they are HUO. Sited machines you see out in pubs etc will be PCB's ie 60-1's cause they are way more reliable (no hidden windows OS) but also legal to site.

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