Archival is not Piracy

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Archival Is Not Piracy

Today, access to piracy is everywhere in computers. We can decrypt

a DVD to allow others to watch copies. We can rip music off a Music CD and sell

copies worth less than a penny each. We can let others intall our purchased

programs on multiple computers. Piracy can happen as easy as Copy and Paste.

Are these acts legal? No, but "fair use" laws say that as long as the copies are

for archival purposes only, it's legal. Now, if this is true, then why is one type of

archival penalized by court? Why is the act of archiving video game carts (also

called "cart dumping") considered as bad as piracy? Why is it is considered


Lik-Sang, one of the most well-known distributers of game cart back-

up units, had been sued by Nintendo for 700 grand ($641,000) for the world-wide

distribution of game cart copiers (also called cart game cart back-up devices).

Sued for just the distribution of game cart copiers. (Rik)

How is this fair? How is the distribution of the devices illegal? No real

crime of copyright infringement had been commited. It isn't the act of selling

copies of games that happened, but just the selling of those back-up devices. Is

that really illegal? DVD drives and CD drives that copy and create Music CDs

and DVDs aren't really considered ellegal. In fact, they are sold commercially

and are well-known all over the US. These drives are used for us to make

archival copies of our DVDs and CDs, but the business of manufacturing such

devices hasn't yet been halted by any copyright infringement law. The thought of

it has come to mind of many, but DVD/CD writers are still being distributed

worldwide because it has been understood that...