Can you legally use NES game music in your app?

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Can you legally use NES game music in your app?

Postby Raven » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:37 am

So I found a free application called 8-Bit Era Soundboard. It has 9 NES songs (super mario, castlevania, zelda etc...) and it lets you use them as ringtones or you can just play them. Anyway, how is this legal? Are those songs open domain or something?

Or is it just legal because he's not profiting from his app? (actually his app has an Ad... so he is profiting I think?)
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Re: Can you legally use NES game music in your app?

Postby blundell » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:07 am

Here is an article on the legality of Nintendo ROM's:

http://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp#roms

Not sure if you can encompass the music under this. It basically says ROM's are copyright for 75years
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Re: Can you legally use NES game music in your app?

Postby Raven » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:00 am

that's really odd because I see a bunch of old NES games on the android market for free. WTF? How can google approve illegal material?
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