MSXdev21 games being converted to SMS and sold !

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By Metalion

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06-09-2021, 07:25

Hi everyone,

I just discovered that some SMS forum user is converting MSX games, including MSXdev21 ones. Since they are freeware, I can understand that. But then he goes and crosses the line, making a compilation cartridge with them and selling it. And as far as I know, he does not seem to have done that with any permission of the authors.

https://www.smspower.org/forums/16445-MSXToSMSHacks?start=750

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By jltursan

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06-09-2021, 09:02

Nasty. 59€ pour la France (62€ rest of the world), he's making a good money with this...

By Metalion

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06-09-2021, 09:55

And reading earlier posts in that thread, I see he had already a fight with TheNuestro ...

By Grauw

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06-09-2021, 10:13

I think you guys should make an appeal to the moderators of the SMSPower forums.

By ARTRAG

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06-09-2021, 11:22

Hacking the games without authors' permission is already unfair, selling them on cartridge (at those prices) is even worst...
I agree, maybe the admin of SMSPower could block the Revo and remove the links to his contents...

By Micha

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06-09-2021, 12:44

Unfortunately there are no easy ways to stop people from messing with our software, so I suggest to buy such an MSX 2 SMS Megapack, zip the entire contents in one nice file, make sure it is easy uploadable to an Everdrive or something, and dump it in the SMS Power forum, so nobody needs to buy it anymore...
(Assuming that all software on this Megapack is freeware of course)

By Micha

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06-09-2021, 13:10

Micha wrote:

...and dump it in the SMS Power forum, so nobody needs to buy it anymore...

oh wait, he has already put everything online and downloadable; which makes it a lot less worse to me. But I see that he was not able to convert my game Raven correctly, which is bad because my name is in there...

By Huey

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06-09-2021, 13:21

All those conversions are worse than the original. So not a good showcase for the original creator(s), the converter skills and the Sega Master System's capabilities.

By DrWh0

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06-09-2021, 13:24

Well, if the games are freeware and they put those files online for free I don´t think this could be a problem, but selling those roms in a cartridge making a notorious and obvious profit without authors' permission is a theft and an act of true piracy.

By Metalion

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06-09-2021, 13:29

Micha wrote:

oh wait, he has already put everything online and downloadable; which makes it a lot less worse to me

I'm not sure he really did that ... The link to the zip file is not working.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/94qx41fo1q7ivdt/ROM%20Fullset%20MS...
But he says the file will be available at file-hunter. We'll see.

By ARTRAG

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06-09-2021, 13:28

also hacking without permission is unfair

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