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User Info: GetHighAndPlay

GetHighAndPlay
1 month ago#1
For games you can no longer purchase download. I know there's tons of problems with the idea in general, but It 'could' be an amazing thing.
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captsplatter_1
1 month ago#2
Some become that way like with Doom and such.
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User Info: wizardmon

wizardmon
1 month ago#3
They eventually will... When the extended Disney copyright of 120 years run dry.
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User Info: rpgian

rpgian
1 month ago#4
It happens after so many years. However there a number of tricks ip owners use to extend and prevent that from happening. Mainly Disney. It will be a cold day in hell before you make jet black and the seven giants without a personal legal assf***ing from the mouse despite the fact the film pre-dates hitler.

I think copyright needs to lay off the concept of too similar to after somethings heyday. Some developer doesn't need to be sued for using a goomba look alike as a minor part of their art 20yrs after the fact.

I'd say it's like Snake Plissken from Escape from series and MGS. They got permission because JC is a great and reasonable person, it almost never happens like that though and it should. But they shouldn't have had to. There was no clash of interests or confusion as MGS wasn't releasing against it as a 90's film starring Russel Crowe to try to outmuscle ticket sales from Kurt Russel.

We could use a little less copyright. Not against the concept, it can and has gone too far too often. As it exists now if someone decided to use a ? mark floating box in their game in 2120 they'd be in a potential legal bind

User Info: Death_Born

Death_Born
1 month ago#5
That idea is way too draconian to ever work, as it would basically force all publishers to remake their back catalogue for a new generation of consoles if they ever want to re-release it sometime down the line. There's no benefit to companies and copyright laws have been shaped by corporate lobbying.

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arleas
1 month ago#6
wizardmon posted...
They eventually will... When the extended Disney copyright of 120 years run dry.

That's assuming they don't buy more congressmen and extend it some more...even though Disney built his empire on public domain s***, can't let anyone else have that same right or they might be a threat later.
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JKatarn
1 month ago#7
arleas posted...
That's assuming they don't buy more congressmen and extend it some more...even though Disney built his empire on public domain s***, can't let anyone else have that same right or they might be a threat later.


With Trump in office I'm sure they offer a whole variety of different congressional influence packages.
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User Info: Marikhen

Marikhen
1 month ago#8
Considering how easy it currently is to duplicate and (re)distribute data in the digital environment the idea of controlling information is insane at best, and as such digital media in general should be "public domain" so long as current technology is in use. All the folks who continue propagating the idea that digital media can be controlled with laws and Digital Restrictions Management software are doing is making the current environment more toxic for everyone involved.

Frankly it's pretty much a binary solution at this point. Either everything on the internet that isn't a service needs to be considered free since assertion of rights of ownership is next to impossible, and impractical as hell even when it is possible, or someone needs to create a viable OS with DRM baked into it from the ground up to eliminate the possibility of making unauthorized copies of data or transmitting data without permission.

This sort of half and half bulls*** where you're supposed to pretend that someone else somewhere else has the "right" to dictate what you do with what you pay for when they can't enforce that right in any meaningful sense just doesn't work all that well as the last 20 odd years have proven.
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captsplatter_1
1 month ago#9
wizardmon posted...
They eventually will... When the extended Disney copyright of 120 years run dry.

How many more years we got?
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User Info: Marikhen

Marikhen
1 month ago#10
captsplatter_1 posted...
wizardmon posted...
They eventually will... When the extended Disney copyright of 120 years run dry.

How many more years we got?


Four hundred seventy-two, give or take a decade. :-D
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