I want to emulate old SEGA Dreamcast and N64 games but I don’t know the legality. They are not sold anymore so I thought it would be legal because they are not sold anymore so I wouldn’t be stealing from the companies.
Hello, as far as I understand it, if you own the game you can use in an emulator environment. Of course, this depends on the laws of your country/place of residence.
Edward, the fact that they're not sold does not alter their legal status (Google "abandonware" or even better, read the Wikipedia article on the subject). Many countries would allow you to run the ROMs under "format shifting" provisions, but this is by no means universal.
It is also possible that licences for certain games would only allow it to be played on specific hardware. I've never come across this in games, but Apple has clauses like that on its OS licences.
from my understanding of roms and emulators, it's illegal if you don't actually own a hard copy of the game. you can keep the emulator, but if you don't make the backup/iso/rom from he game you own yourself, that's piracy. also @Bruce I never knew the abondonware rule. thanks for informing me
In the US it is legal as long as you own the original game for the system or if the software has been declared abandonware.