From: The Big Nowhere
I have voiced my opinion. I stand by it and will not be moved. I'm voting with my wallet.
@Aurelian......well, if you paid for the game you are free to do what you want with the files you paid for so long as you don't sell it to someone for profit and so long as you are not pirating the game.
@VarekRaith......No one is stealing GSB. What is happening is that people that bought DW are using manipulated images of another game to make DW different. GSB is a different style of game. They are not competing except that they are both games.
I will not buy GSB now....I don't care what you say. The creator of GSB has really bothered me. You can buy a million copy's if you want to, but I won't.
And if I created the material being used there are two ways I would react.
If someone asked me nicely, agreed to give me full credit and a percentage of any profits made from it, I'd agree. We'd draw up a contract about how the copyrighted material could be used and I'd honor the contract. It's called Licensing.
If someone took my intellectual property and used it without permission, claimed it as their own, or profited from it, then they'd hear from my lawyer and we'd settle it in court. And I would win.
It's one thing to modify stuff on your personal computer for your personal use. And while that is technically against most EULAs, most won't do anything about it. However, when you release it publicly then it is a problem, that is no longer for your personal use.
I don't care what you call it, I call it breaking the law, and that makes it wrong no matter what. People with your attitude are the exact reason copyright laws exist.
You will notice the only mods I have released are material I created myself. By releasing material of my creation to the public domain, then I have made the decision to give up my copyright claim...but that is the point, *I* made that decision. The creator of GSB has decided to profit from his intellectual property...he has not given up his copyright claim and he is well within his rights to do it.
It's not that hard to ask permission. Begging forgiveness can get very painful.
Distant Worlds Fan
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