|unless the torrent site and ownership is shacked up in... say... Sweden, hmph. Different culture, different views I guess. (I'm deliberately sitting the fence out on this particular controversial, heavily politicized issue.)|
Assuming it's the Pirate Bay you are talking about,,I'll explain it quickly.
Let's say a guy walks up to a shady schmuck:
Guy: I need some wheels...cheap.
Schmuck: talk to Jones over there if you don't mind them being "hot",,else you need to find Ford around the block.
Guy: Stolen,,lost... as long as it's cheap! You know someone selling some weed btw?
Schmuck: Sure,,See that guy over there? Just tell Jamaica that I sent you.
Now,,I have some nice deals on porn here,,wanna have a look?
Guy: Nah... you gonna charge me anything for this chat?
Schmuck: Not even a dime. These chickflick stuff pays the bills.
Of course you can drop a coin in the mug if you want to,,but that's your choise.
In Sweden (and I think in the USA as well,,albeit I might be wrong),,the Guy is committing a crime buying illegal stuff,,and both Jones and Jamaica are criminals.
Schmuck haven't done anything illegal per se though. He has his porn ads keeping him aflot (as well as donations),,but he doesn't participate in nor directly benefit from the illegal activities.
Torrents work the same way as Schmuck.
They doesn't contain anything but a direction of where the real "action" is going on.
Hence running a torrent server isn't illegal by Swedish law.
(former minister of justice Tomas Bodström is currently under investigation suspected for direct involvment in the crackdown on TPB)
|Personally, I think Starforce needs to give Stardock a little compensation. Or more than a little. How about a lot. I also will refuse to buy any game copyprotected by Starforce software.|
Well,,I'd say StarDock benefited far more from this than StarForce lol
|Joe Gamer doesn't know enough to get upset with DRM. |
Well,,it was the game Lego StarWars that finally broke the camel's back for my mom.
Before that,,she was vigorous in making sure no illegal copies was in her computer.
Here's what happend:
First the game had some problems I couldn't solve for her on the phone,,so I went over and found out that to run the game,,I had to uninstall not just daemontools but Nero and a few other things as well.
Well,,finally it was in place,,even though it had to be allowed to run in Admin mode which is counter productive to my efforts to keep my young brothers in check.
Of course,,the disc got a deep scratch in it and became unreadable.
My mother called Eidos and asked for a replacement.
After that call,,she never even bothered to read another license text again.
"Just crack the damn game for me!"
In short,,the person answering the call claimed her to be irresponcible for not making a backup in the first place,,then wanted to get a good 30% of the cost for the initial purchase to send a replacement disk.
When it comes to StarDock's "copy protection",,it's not that hard to come by the updates through...other sources.
That's how I got into the whole deal here,,DL first GalCiv and found it to be a decent game...not great,,but decent.
Then I got hold of an update through the same channel,,and hey!
Second update relly made the game stand out,,so it wasn't just bugfixes like one have come to expect with other games.
StarDock actually tried to *improve* the game all along.
What can I say?
I own GalCiv,,Altarian Prophecy,,GalCiv2 and have preordered DA