Quoted from russdx:
what does this mean for pinMame etc... all those roms contain these dmd images etc... Or is it because the clock is sold and making a small profit they have put a complaint it?
Will this effect pin2dmd colouring?
This all has to do with licensing intellectual property... if a virtual pinball maker sells a machine with roms (the game code for a particular machine) in it, that is not legal, it just depends on how far the owner of the ip wants to pursue the infringement. Pin2dmd coloring: I would think they don’t care, that there are no grounds to pursue, they’re coloring monochrome images to color images and not selling actual code that is already in the machine. Run-dmd was distributing mfg ip images. Run-dmd can still sell clocks and distribute its clock firmware, just can’t distribute the animations...
There are a lot of small companies making MAME arcade machines that will build a complete product and sell it, then the consumer needs to provide their own roms to have the code to play the games.
If run-dmd wants to continue to sell clocks IMO, they should post a tutorial on how to build animations for its hardware, let the public develop an outside community That builds animations for the hardware and the community share the animations “ that they own the rights to, because they “own” the machine” the animations are from and legally have the right to use them not for profit in their own home.