I don't actually think that's correct, Tom- under the very conservative and strict DMCA laws Congress passed not so long ago, I believe any distribution of copyrighted material is prosecutable.
So, if you download a movie, it's still illegal. But I don't know. You raise good points.
Right, as if they'd care to spend money to monitor websites that distribute 10-year old content. The way these guys work is acually a report system. I come to the site, take what I want, then I report you. AKA, the selfish act.Xenon Explosion wrote:The main thing is to use common sense. I'm sure Vivendi, the SPA, or whoever else is interested monitors and reads forums such as this to see what's up. If someone posts the link to an abandonware site on a public forum, don't wonder why that site is gone the next month...
Spike, you're absolutely right... sort of. Any distribution of copyrighted material is prosecutable. Downloading is not distributing, it's recieving. The catch that they get you with is the peer-to-peer or torrent programs that automatically "seed" the parts of the file that you have. In that case, you're distributing.
from a realistic point of view downloading content you don't have legal title to (i.e. a copy, purchased) must be illegal.
Absolutley. I haven't looked at the DMCA in detail, but I'm sure you're right. I guess that's why the term "abandonware" came about, to make it sound like the games are free to download legally.
But I really don't recall anyone getting arrested for just downloading... they're always re-distributing the content. Then again, it's all about the small fish, big fish... they're looking for people with thousands of albums on a public FTP, not people trading files on a message board
4th Guy -- Don't make it sound like they outsource 300 people somewhere to sit and read websites all day. They have nice little programs that go out and search for keywords, just like everyone else.
If they're releasing the collections at $20 a pop, they'll care...
If I recall correctly, the Space Quest downloads on SQN were shut down using the report system, but Spikey might be able to tell us more about that if he remembers,as unfortunetly I don't remember perfectly but Frans did mention that someone reported the website or something similar.
Of course now they monitor, because they $pent money to make the collection$. However, there are lots of warez sites and they've never been fully shut down. One site shuts down, another will replace it eventually.
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest