KOf2002's encryption (protection) has been broken by BillyJr already (this is old news actually). Also it seems that the bootlegs for this game are already in production (and the only way to make a bootleg is to emulate the game first). This is what a Wind from another forum had to say:
Havent been here for a while how's everyone?
Straight to the topic.
Honestly, if I confirm bootlegs of KOF2002 flowing in the market, Manson and I will release the roms RIGHT AWAY TO EVERYONE. What i mean is that roms dont hurt playmore as much as pirates do. So if pirates think they can earn money from the roms. FXXX em. We will just release it. We dont wanna see the roms so early, but I also dont wanna see pirate carts.
Well of course this is IF we had enough money to get the cart of course. We shall see when P-0II starts.
Manson and I shall be back very soon.
And we have a hell of goodnews for every Neo emu fans.
We shall tell those damn pirates in Taiwan that the emu-scene belongs to EMU FANS like us, and they dont have no right to just "step in" like that
We will be busy, so would someone please help spread the news, we would be very greatful. Hopefully this would help the flow of the project.
These people don't BS, they also emulated the sound for kof99.
Well thats all fer now,