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12-14-17 08:54:42 AM

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Posted on 09-08-14 05:06:03 PM Link | Quote
Hey there-

I have been exploring rom hacks off and on for a while (at least since 2010) as a part of my video art/new media practice. here's an example.

here's the deal though. i've recently done a full-game sm64 texture + text edit as a tool to create a music video. i'm fairly well-versed in copyright/dmca law, and i think that given the way we are doing the music video (the fact that it's really just a video/screencap documentation of a playthrough), that we are fine legally.

however, we want to potentially distribute the rom and that's where i get legally itchy and my knowledge goes blank. if a rom is hacked to the point that it's not recognizably the game, save for the models (and perhaps the music)... could we distribute that via download somewhere without fear of some sort of legal... whatever?

final question. i would very much like to get in contact with the creator(s) of TT64, the rom expander, and the text wrangler. (one of) the author(s) is user "VL-Tone" on these forums, yes? unfortunately, i couldn't find any contact info on the websites or the forum profile for that user.

i ask because there will likely be press on this video release (etc.), and i would very much like to credit/involve the program author(s), should they be interested and/or willing to do so. i can't conscionably release this without due consideration to these programmers for the amazing work they have done and tools that they have built.

sidenote: VL-Tone, i used to collect casiotones but upgraded my synth-freakiness over the past few years. please hit me up asap. my email is in my user profile...
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Posted on 09-08-14 05:31:10 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by elklotzy
if a rom is hacked to the point that it's not recognizably the game, save for the models (and perhaps the music)... could we distribute that via download somewhere without fear of some sort of legal... whatever?

No, because the vast majority of the game data (e.g. program code) is still unmodified, and thus copyrighted by Nintendo. This is why things like IPS patches exist in the first place.
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