One of my games is on his site as well:
I haven't taken a royalty for Pressure Gauge in years. But, it's weird.
Historically, there were 3 ways it was sold:
The first was that I made a limited run of 25ish carts myself. The artwork was handmade. The artwork on this "repro" matches that run, however my signature is missing, and the hand-drawn aspect has been cleaned up.
The second way it was sold was via PackRatVG, but their artwork was entirely different.
I thought the third way it was sold was through atariage, but I can't find it in the store. Maybe my memory is fuzzy on that.
So, I'm not sure if he just took the original artwork and modified it, or if someone else did, and he just duplicated it.
Regardless, someone did some work here. I'm wondering where it came from.
What concerns me is that it was claimed that this was bought at a video game convention. As I mentioned, I am not familiar with this artwork at all, but it is possible it was made by someone for sale when this game was available royalty-free. Not sure what I should do here-- he's making money on my product, but as I said, I haven't taken a royalty in years. I'm not sure how to say his claims are invalid. And, I am not sure I can really tell him "hey, you don't have my permission", since the ROM is available and the game isn't making a royalty anyway. I doubt he'll make any money; nobody really cares about this game anymore.
While I disagree with a lot of this behavior, I have to admit that there is a market for certain things being available on a cart.
I don't have Princess Rescue, but I would love to have one put on cart, just so I can show it off to people who stop by my house. It's a great conversation piece ("oh yeah, I have Super Mario"). Having the ability to buy an unofficial version of this game just to satisfy that need would be nice. But, I understand this hurts homebrewers, so I haven't done this. I also want to pay the author. Since I can't do that, I'm limited to spending $150 whenever it pops up on eBay. Sadly, for this title, there is definitely a market. I have not yet figured out the right answer here.