for lack of better judgment i feel i'd like to weigh in here. (i have a feeling I'm going to regret typing this, but i just want to make a point)...
Why does this really matter Opt? You seem intent on jumping into this and fighting an internet battle here:http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,147778.0.html
The guy comes in, asks a question, and the first post is you kinda kicking dirt in his face. And by the end of it you tell him to take a hike off to KLOV. Why couldn't you have just done what the rest of us who saw it did and clicked the "Back" button on your browser? It's kinda along the lines of: "if you don't have anything nice to say..."
doesn't make for an inviting place, hell, the guy apologizes to you in his own thread third post in. Even if he was lying through his teeth, so what if he's going to take it and sell it? we can't police the internet. I would have just ignored the thread and moved on. (like i should be doing here)......
Better question: Why is the BYOAC turning into Reddit?!
Ok: ROMs, sure, companies want to make sure they could still make a profit off of a playable chunk of customer entertaining IP. Hell, they could release it on a "Best of" Anthology on XBoxLive, or something. TOTALY get that.
Artwork... i mean, i don't see Konami sending out the law team to flip desks over a set of repro Turtles In Time art. Lets be honest, Arcades and arcade cabs are NOT coming back in any capacity that they enjoyed back in the day. Is it still violating a copyright, YES. Is it policed? No, not really. The worst you'd see is a cease and desist to Saint asking for the removal of the offending art.