Yeah - and every rom-hacker will of course seek out all the original creators (or their next of kin) and kindly ask for their permission to do whatever to their original work BEFORE they even consider a rom-hack.
That is not what rom-hacking is about - it is literally in the name. Hacking is, after all, short for hijacking - something that rarely is associated with consent.
Hacking isn't short for 'hijacking'. Where the hell did you come up with that?
Back in ye olden days before you could 'surf the Information SuperHighway' on AOL and CompuServe there were the 'Ma Bell' Phone Phreakers which were the pregenitors to the current hacking scene.
Later on, it morphed into the dem0scene (which is still around today) focused on demonstrations of coding and artistic skill within very strict size/duration/language limits and what we think of as hackers which are people knowledgeable about computers at detailed level to manipulate them for specific purposes. You have your white-hats and your black-hats.
As far as rom hacking, it is implied that you are changing something that 'belongs' to someone else under the guise of Fair Use. When you stay within the universe and import stuff from subsequent games into older ones then that is fine (or vice versa) but when you start going outside of those limitations then you are treading into dangerous territory.
I already answered earlier that Satchell Drakes didn't create that logo and instead plagiarized it from the original artist(s) at Konami that created it. Whether that artwork was actually done by Konami or also plagiarized from someone else (in Japan?) even earlier is unknown. In the early days of video games, Japanese developers routinely plagiarized material from other sources including sound effects, music, graphics, palette choices, sprites, and code; it didn't matter whether it was of Japanese or non-Japanese origin.
Plagiarism in the rom hacking scene is avoided by attribution (which was my main point). If you read the entire sentence it says 'unless you contacted X and asked them for permission to use their modified artwork WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION'. Meaning if you want to use it without permission then you have to attribute it. It is good manners to do so, both here in the rom hacking community and in other forms of 'hacking'.
Also, where do you get off quoting something that
looks like this
and then leaving that out of your quote? There's a reason it had a strikethrough (the information was inaccurate). You are doing the equivalent of 'old man yells at clouds'.
I don't know what you think of with hacking but back in the day if you were caught using another scene-group's code in your 'release' without attribution then you were raked over the coals and absolutely obliterated in the online discussions. You were effectively blacklisted as a 'leech' and 'sellout' and you were lucky if ANYONE carried your releases or bothered to report on them anymore. Attribution is good manners, both for fair use and for common sense.