Originally Posted by Jope
Uh, Commodore themselves gave the 8-bit machine roms out to public domain when they still existed. I think the author of C64S made it happen?
First I've ever heard of this, and I doubt it a bit. Is there any documentation of something like that having taken place?
If this was true, license-conscious things like Debian would probably ship it as well, because Vice is not very useful without. At http://packages.debian.org/lenny/vice
This package does not contain the various ROM images needed to actually use the emulators; they are available separately from other locations (see the README.ROMs file). A corporation in the Netherlands called Tulip holds the copyrights to the ROM images, and redistribution is not permitted, but VICE itself is unencumbered.
This may be a bit out of date, but not Commodore-much.