AlphaOmegaSin has uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel claiming that Hyperkin may be in trouble for using emulators on its Retron 5 system without permission from the people who wrote the emulators.
If the emulators in question are/were licensed by the GNU General Public License, then they have no legal case whatsoever against Hyperkin.
According to the GNU Project:
Does the GPL allow me to sell copies of the program for money?
Yes, the GPL allows everyone to do this. The right to sell copies is part of the definition of free software. Except in one special situation, there is no limit on what price you can charge. (The one exception is the required written offer to provide source code that must accompany binary-only release.)
If the emulators are open-source and were released under the GNU General Public License, then Hyperkin has nothing to worry about. But if they were released under any other license (including Creative Commons), then Hyperkin could be in legal trouble.
EDIT: According to this link, these are the emulators used in the Retron 5:
- Genesis Plus GX
According to Google searches, I can verify that VBA-M, Genesis Plus GX, and FCEU are released under the GNU General Public License, However, SNES9x is closed source and commercial redistribution is prohibited.
So according to this, only the maker of SNES9x has a legal case against Hyperkin.
Any other Commodore Amiga fans out there??