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Topic Subject:Piracy Link Inconsistency
Sajuuk
Pleb
posted 03-04-13 10:56 ET (US)         
Hi

So I was reading a thread in which a link to a download which offers a widescreen fix for Pharaoh was removed, because it "removes the DRM" and makes it illegal. However, links to gog.com are not being removed even when GOG is offering the game without DRM either. Shouldn't it be consistent ? If gog links are allowed, why is a link to a site offering the same version of the exe (the exe being used is hacked from the GOG edition anyway) not allowed ? It makes little sense that one is allowed and one is not. Someone want to clarify this ?

Thanks.
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PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 03-04-13 12:33 ET (US)     1 / 5       
gog.com negotiates with the copyright holder(s) of a game for permission to release publish it (incl removal of the DRM), and only works on the game and release publish it if they are permitted to do so.

The widescreen fixes on the other hand are illegal because the person having changed the exe does not have a permission from the copyright holder(s) to change the exe. In other words: they are in breach of the EULA (End User License Agreement).

Edit: Clarified and removed information overload

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[This message has been edited by PCDania (edited 03-04-2013 @ 02:44 PM).]

Sajuuk
Pleb
posted 03-04-13 13:45 ET (US)     2 / 5       
Thank you for clarifying that PCDania. Out of curiosity, because GOG purchased the rights to the game from whoever owns it (it's obviously not Impressions because they don't exist), does that mean that the EULA you agree to is their own or the original from Sierra ?
PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 03-04-13 14:55 ET (US)     3 / 5       
gog.com are not buying the games, they are allowed to publish the games DRM free and have to pay the copyright holder(s) depending on the deal gog have with the copyright holder(s).

I currently do not have one of those gog games installed so I can not check one of the EULAs. My guess is it is the original EULA as EULAs usually covers everything including the almost unthinkable.

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Sajuuk
Pleb
posted 03-05-13 07:37 ET (US)     4 / 5       
Eswen
Pleb
posted 03-05-13 09:59 ET (US)     5 / 5       
It's in Russian, but the text doesn't make any sense, so I'd agree it's just plain ol' spam.
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