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    Is it considered piracy?

    Curiosity question here. Let's say person A bought a game and they had a friend who also owned this game. The game is kinda rare so person A decided to leave it unopened and rip his friends copy, would this be piracy even though he owns the game (granted he never opened it)?

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    No one here is going to give you legal advice. There is not going to be any difference in the file you get from either disc though. As long as you still own the original then I would guess not...but I am far from being any sort of reliable legal counsel.

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    Lol ok, I was just curious. Seems kinda like gray area cause I know the law says your entitled to a archival copy but I was really just wondering if that only applies when you open the game. Either way like I said, just curious :P

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    i would think its NOT since if any crap hit the fan you could be like "dude what? i have a LEGIT copy right HERE. i just didnt wanna bork up my copy with repeated use."

    Thats the main reason why i modded my wii. I buy a game, rip to HDD and stick it on the shelf. no need to let any of my nephews completely destroy my games.

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    That would depend on where you live. Some of the more strict jurisdictions (like the US) would probably frown on that, but it's kind of gray. I honestly don't think anything would come of it, but I'm definitely not a lawyer. My advice is that if you're comfortable with it, go for it. If not, just open it.
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    It is frowned upon but as long as you can provide a personally purchased original as proof of ownership the I believe you'd be ok.

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    VERY grey area. An example would be wii sports. When the wii first came out it had a different version of the same game than the version that comes with the new wiis now. Due to this version difference it could be consider piracy if you rip the new version but only own the old one. You would be safer just opening the game you have and ripping that to avoid anything like that. Just a thought. (Also the game doesn't seem to be too rare if your friend also owns it. What game is it?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkmail
    VERY grey area. An example would be wii sports. When the wii first came out it had a different version of the same game than the version that comes with the new wiis now. Due to this version difference it could be consider piracy if you rip the new version but only own the old one. You would be safer just opening the game you have and ripping that to avoid anything like that. Just a thought. (Also the game doesn't seem to be too rare if your friend also owns it. What game is it?)
    Link's Crossbow Training, I got it for christmas and my bro already had it. I heard the game is a collectors item so rather than opening mine, I ripped his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNES_Master View Post
    Link's Crossbow Training, I got it for christmas and my bro already had it. I heard the game is a collectors item so rather than opening mine, I ripped his.
    Ya know somethin? ...... If its already done and said then why ask such a grey area question? lol.. it is what it is. until the FBI comes to get you.. or even worse.... The IRS comes to collect taxes on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shift_Lock
    Ya know somethin? ...... If its already done and said then why ask such a grey area question? lol.. it is what it is. until the FBI comes to get you.. or even worse.... The IRS comes to collect taxes on it!
    Lol, well it's like I said, I do own the game I just left it unopened as a collectors item. I could easily open it anytime if I had to but I'd rather not do so as it'd ruin the collector value (and using the disc itself would only further worsen the condition). Also, as per the rules, piracy is not endorsed here so I figured I'd ask and see if this would be considered piracy and against the rules.

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