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Is It Legal To Play Retro Game ROMs On Emulators?

Super Nintendo was my first ever console and there are games on that system that I still enjoy playing to this day. Unfortunately, my childhood console died over a decade ago and it’s not always easy to find a Super Nintendo with all the right bits working. The easiest way to re-live my favourite childhood video games is through ROM (read-only memory) files and emulators. There is a swathe of video game ROMs and emulators floating around on the internet that can be readily downloaded. There are also people who convert their old games into ROM images so they can be backed up and conveniently accessed through emulators. So is any of this legal? Let’s find out.


Copyright Infringement Saw GitHub Shut Down 8200 Projects During 2015

It’s easy to forget that GitHub can host any sort of content, not just source code and data for your personal or business projects. This means GitHub can unintentionally become a server of copyright-infringing material, a fact the company takes seriously — it shut down over 8200 projects during 2015, with nearly 6000 closed in September alone.


Research The Drone Flight Laws In Your Country With This Guide

Globally, the rules on how to legally and safely fly your drone can vary quite a bit. This guide helps you find out what the rules are in your country.


What To Expect When You're On Jury Duty

I screwed up. I went on holidays and didn’t bother checking the mountain of mail that accumulated over two weeks. By the time I got around to it, I found a letter buried in the pile. I had been summoned for jury duty.


Oracle Loses Java 'Fair Use' Case Against Google, Again

The software development community can breathe a small sigh of relief; the legal stoush between Oracle and Google over the Android operating system’s use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) is pretty much over after the US courts sided with Google, yet again. The ruling is a huge step in confirming that APIs are protected by “fair use” under the copyright law. Here’s some more background and details on the latest court decision.


Encryption Explained For The Less Tech Savvy

Encryption and how you control data your is a hot topic right now, but understanding encryption and how it relates to your personal data is confusing. YouTuber CGP Grey explains encryption, as well as some of the issues up for debate right now, as simply as possible.


What You Should Know About US Congress' Latest Attempt To Criminalise Encryption

A new draft bill in US Congress will force tech companies to undermine or break their own security features and encryption any time law enforcement asks them to. Sound terrible? It is. Here’s what the bill says.


Is It Legal To Hit An Illegally Parked Vehicle?

On the weekend, my motorcycle was knocked over. Over a ledge, actually. The lady that hit my bike claimed that it wasn’t her fault since my motorcycle shouldn’t be parked where it was in the first place. It was an unmarked spot, yes, but there were no signs that told me I shouldn’t be parked there. This leads to a broader question: Is it legal to hit an illegally parked car? Let’s find out.


Usable Privacy Shows You What Privacy Policies Actually Mean, In Plain English

Privacy policies are notoriously dense and written in legalese — mostly to protect the company behind them — but Usable Privacy wants to distil them into something you can actually read and understand. Just give the service a URL, and if the privacy policy is available, it will break it down into segments and clean it up so you can read it.


Report: Copyright Owners Abandon Australian 'Three Strikes' Piracy Code

Copyright content owners have been pushing for an industry code that would require Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to send warning notices to subscribers suspected of illegal downloading. This code has now been canned, according to a report. The reason? It would cost too much to implement. Here’s what you need to know.


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