Yet Digital Homicide's suit claims harassment, alongside -- swear to god -- disorderly conduct, stalking, criminal impersonation, tortious interference, libel, unjust enrichment, restitution, negligence, damages, and conspiracy to commit civil rights violations. In its response to being dropped from Steam, the developer goes on to claim that Valve's siding with its customers is an indication that Steam is not a "safe environment", before suggesting that some form of legislation is needed.
/armchair lawyering it up here, but lets take a look shall we?
Disorderly conduct.... on the internet... let that sink in. That would include ALL of (number)chans, no less than 9/10's of reddit, among others.
Stalking - *possible* but... gonna be kinda harder to prove if it was just on steam.
Criminal Impersonation - Of who exactly, and in what capacity, if comments were made by devs whose assets DH "appropriated"....
Tortious Interference - Steam isn't exactly like that, good games sell well, while bad games are... well they kinda get buried. Even games that are decent or even good gets buried after a while, it's called consumer demands.
Libel - holy hell where can i go with this, well, lets go with asset forfeiture, From what I watched and read thus far, this isn't gonna stick because.. well, it's truth.
Negligence - How can Steam be negligent in this case, the very fact that they dropped DH like dropping the mic should be proof that Steam isn't negligent.
Conspiracy to commit Civil Rights Violations - Seriously? They are trying to compare Steam with Hitler, Stalin, Mao? If anything, it is DH trying to commit civil rights violations by shutting down speech that they don't like (Read: The Truth and Facts). And also, if you are making such shitty games, then being called "The Jewish offspring of a slutty whore" should be the least of your worries.
of course any actual lawyers can weigh in with thoughts and actual experience :)
Before there was physical media (cartridges, CDs, DVDs) then the popularity of ROMs and ROM-hacking became prevalent, mostly due to hard to find games, or outdated systems (NES, SNES, PSX, PS2, etc)
This would fall under the same vein as music and really, early game copying. It also proved that older games are still popular, and many systems now incorporate an e-shop of sorts, think, PlayStation network, or Nintendo's eShop, which are essentially, emulators built into the systems (or at the very least ports of games).
There is a much, much, MUCH bigger question to be asked.
What *EXACTLY* constitutes hacking? Is it breaching a secured network, or is it the USGovt's version in that it violates the CFAA, even tenuously. THEN you have to contend with the Posse Comititus Act if it happens inside the US.