Originally Posted by ant512
Think Spectrum ROMs. Would the Spectrum have so many emulators, and such a vibrant emulation scene, if Amstrad hadn't made the ROMs freely distributable?
More importantly, would the Amiga have such a vibrant emulation scene had someone not dumped and distributed the Amiga Kickstart ROMs illegally in the first place? Amiga Forever is based on WinUAE, which is based on UAE, and it's possible that not everyone who contributed to UAE before Amiga Forever was released had dumped their own ROMs.
I agree that whoever owns the Kickstarts this week doesn't need to allow the free distribution of the early ROMs; it's their property, at least until the next chump buys it, and they can do what they like with it. However, I do think that freeing Kick 1.3 would create goodwill within the emulation community; would increase interest in Amiga emulation; and might even lead to new emulator developments.
So whats your point, that both the Amiga and Spectrum scenes have a vibrant EMU scene no matter if the roms are free or not?
The EMU scene is vibrant because its all for free (emulator and all the games legal or not). There is always a vibrant scene for free computer software wether its for a spectrum 8 bit machine or the latest PC and Mac warez. Goodwill doesnt exist between a company that owns the rights to amiga roms and the thousands who illegaly use them already.