Preservation or Distribution

I came across this story on Nintendo life, http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/08/feature_what_does_nintendos_shutdown_of_rom-sharing_sites_mean_for_video_game_preservation

The law is pretty straight forward on this. To be truthful the way many ROM sharing sites operate is pretty scummy. Yet, are they providing a service in preserving these games? In my work as a librarian I’ve seen how time can erase works of the mind and heart. Sometimes even our best efforts to preserve these works contributes to thier demise. I’m thinking of the fire in the Brazil National Museum. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/brazil-rio-de-janeiro-museum-fire/569299/.

So has Nintendo struck a blow for copyright enforcement or doomed some games to oblivion? I guess only time will tell. I’ve amassed a large collection of ROMs over the years. They are for my use only so does that make me a savior or an accessory? Maybe only time can tell?

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