Emuparadise Faces Legal Lawsuits Threats on ROM Downloads
If you are a PPPSSPP Fan who normally downloads games from Emuparadise.Com, you should by now notice that most games on their site aren't accessible again. The PPSSPP Emulator games giant Emuparadise shuts down.
Now here is what really happened, major Rom download emulation sites faced lawsuits threats. Many of these sites distribute game files illegally without a proper license. So some sites where hit by this law suites while some weren't like Emuparadise.
EmuParadise doesn't seem to have been hit with any lawsuits yet, but the site founder MasJ writes in an announcement post that "it's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble."
This means that EmuParadise will continue to upload legal downloads of classic console emulators and also a lot of information and features of thousands of classic games."But you won't be able to get your games from here for now," as MasJ writes.
Also, MasJ went on to say that EmuParadise which was founded in 2000 has faced several server shutdowns, DD*S attack, threatening letters and DMCA takedown requests for individual games. But what motivated them to keep on going?, "We were encouraged by "thousands of emails from people telling us how happy they've been to rediscover and even share their childhood with the next generations in their families."
That kind of emails underscores how hard it is in getting legal access to vast swaths of old games and working download links.
EmuParadise legal threats can have a bad effect on the website, but stopping such access to the illicit distribution of classic gaming ROMs wholesale is likely an unwinnable game of Internet Whac-A-Mole.
So until these ROM websites can come together to provide convenient and legal access to these emulated games, illicit and pirated ROMS will continue to be the main access point for that history to a large portion of the general public.