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MAME(tm), the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
Copyright (c) 1997-2007 by Nicola Salmoria and the MAME team
MAME is a trademark owned by Nicola Salmoria

I. Purpose
MAME is strictly a non-profit project. Its main purpose is to be a 
reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines. This is 
done both for educational purposes and for preservation purposes, in 
order to prevent many historical games from disappearing forever once the 
hardware they run on stops working. Of course, in order to preserve the 
games and demonstrate that the emulated behavior matches the original, 
you must also be able to actually play the games. This is considered a 
nice side effect, and is not MAME's primary focus. 

It is not our intention to infringe on any copyrights or patents on the 
original games. All of MAME's source code is either our own or freely 
available. To operate, the emulator requires images of the original ROMs, 
CDs, or hard disks from the arcade machines, which must be provided by 
the user. No portions of the original game code are included in the 

II. Cost
MAME is free. Its source code is free. Selling either is not allowed. 

III. Image Files
ROM, CD, and hard disk images are all copyrighted material. They cannot 
be distributed without the explicit permission of the copyright owner. 
They are not "abandonware", nor have any of the games supported by MAME 
passed out of copyright. 

MAME is not intended to be used as a tool for mass copyright 
infringement. Therefore, it is strongly against the authors' wishes to 
sell, advertise, or link to resources that provide illegal copies of ROM, 
CD, or hard disk images. 

IV. Derivative Works
Derivative works are allowed under the MAME license. However, you are 
discouraged from providing specific functionality that goes against the 
philosophy of the MAME team. Specifically: 

* Do not add games which are more recent than 3 years old, or which are 
still being sold new by the company that produced them. MAME is not 
intended to be a platform that competes with arcade games that are still 
being actively sold. 

* Do not provide a means of generating a list of games that specifically 
identifies those games for which the user does not have image files. This 
only encourages users to seek out sources for illegal ROM, CD, and hard 
disk images in order to "complete" their collection. 

* Do not remove the startup screen that contains information about why 
certain non-working games don't work. This only serves to generate a 
bunch of useless email traffic to the developers asking why the games 
don't work. 

Because the name MAME is trademarked, you must abide by the rules of the 
trademark usage if you wish to use "MAME" as part of the name your 
derivative work. In general, this means you must request permission, 
which requires that you follow the guidelines above. 

The version number of any derivative work should reflect the version 
number of the MAME release it was derived from. 

V. Official Contact Information
For questions regarding the MAME license, trademark, or other usage, go