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Old September 7th, 2013 (4:56 AM).
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Can I Download a Nintendo ROM from the Internet if I Already Own the Authentic Game?

There is a good deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the backup/archival copy exception. It is not a "second copy" rule and is often mistakenly cited for the proposition that if you have one lawful copy of a copyrighted work, you are entitled to have a second copy of the copyrighted work even if that second copy is an infringing copy. The backup/archival copy exception is a very narrow limitation relating to a copy being made by the rightful owner of an authentic game to ensure he or she has one in the event of damage or destruction of the authentic. Therefore, whether you have an authentic game or not, or whether you have possession of a Nintendo ROM for a limited amount of time, i.e. 24 hours, it is illegal to download and play a Nintendo ROM from the Internet.

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The community does not allow discussion of illegal materials - this includes the unauthorized distribution of TV shows, movies, video games (including video game disc or ROM images), music, or software. You may not discuss how to obtain these materials, upload them to the PokéCommunity, or link to other web sites containing these materials.

Nintendo's policy on ROMs is clear, as is ours. Regardless of their content or if they're a demo or not, we will not be allowing the request or distribution of ROMs. Even if you own the game or can own it for free (i.e. demos). Whatever the technicalities of how Nintendo chooses to distribute their software, you cannot reproduce copyrighted work and use it in the form of a ROM by law. There's no discussion on this to be had here.
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