EmuParadise has announced that it is changing, notably, that it will no longer offer ROMs of games published by major publishers due to increased legal pressure/concerns:
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.
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Thus, we have decided to make a new start. We will continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games. But you won’t be able to get your games from here for now. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you.
I do not know entirely how I feel about the announcement; I am, in part sad, as I think EmuParaside offered a wonderful service and I have used it intermittently for the last fifteen or so years to play games that would otherwise be unavailable to me because they were out of print, obscure, neglected, etc. On the other hand, it was a piracy service and there was a glorious period of time when I found out you could load up a blank DS cartridge with ROMs and, well, that kept me occupied for at least two years and I did not buy any games during that time. On top of this I am now thirty, finishing up law school, and primarily focused on intellectual property issues and trying to navigate my own beliefs on how “fans / consumers” interact with IPs and how creators should be compensated and able to protect their works.
I do not have a more profound though to offer on the subject at this time but it’s generally where my head is at.