All the things you describe only matter for PVP or groups playing ONLINE. For the player never going online, only playing a solo playthrough there is NO added value to having to be online. None.
Blizzard could have added an option to create a character that could not go online at all. Diablo II had it. Hmmmm...
Okay, but should they be reviewing anything seized, since they never should have seized it to begin with? I know laws are complicated but it would seem the first act (unlawfully seizing) would cancel out the ability to perform the second act (reviewing for relevance to the charges).
Not a lawyer so asking a question. Since the search warrants were deemed illegal shouldn't all the seized items be returned immediately? If they were unlawfully seized doesn't that make them all inadmissible as evidence?
The demand letter Carreon sent was supposedly representing his client, Funnyjunk. Yet in the MSNBC interview Carreon said 'my mother' when referring to the picture Inman had drawn. Several references he made to Inman's response letter seemed to indicate he thought it was directed at him personally. Seems to me a lawyer would know better. And now bringing the lawsuit himself instead of for Funnyjunk.
Has anyone heard anything from the owner of Funnyjunk since this fiasco began? Even a no comment?
"In a world where you can spend so much time arguing over the sandwichness of a burrito, there's a need for lawyers."
I submit that needing a lawyer to determine if a burrito is a sandwich is a direct result of politicians (who mostly used to be lawyers) writing laws in such a way as to REQUIRE a lawyer to to determine if a burrito is a sandwich, hence insuring their continued existence.
Do away with the lawyers. Eventually we won't need them anymore...
Does it really matter if it HAS been cracked? Pirates say yes. UBI says no. But I wonder how happy UBI is that most of the buzz about this game has very little to do with the actual game itself. It's about the DRM. Such a waste.
Once again, a publisher has so focused on the 'Dread Pirate Roberts' that they lost sight of two REALLY important things. #1 is us. You know, the customers? The one's who actually pay them money for... #2 THE GAME!!!
What's being talked about now? What's getting all the press? The DRM and whether it works. Instead of pointing to a successful launch and crowing about sales numbers they are fighting a defensive skirmish with announcements that, true or not, no one really believes.
Valve recently pushed out an update to the game Portal that added some new content that has fans decoding files and morse code and finding an old style phone in BBS to get clues to... something. They have fans all agog over something that hasn't even been officially announced yet. The new HL episode? Portal 2? But they are buzzing about THE PRODUCT. Hows that for marketing.
What's being talked about with UBI's new releases?
Way to go, UBI.
It's a pity the reporter who wrote the article didn't ask a few probing questions, like what school policy the student broke. Or, 'after talking to the student' what led them to believe evacuation of the school and a search of the student's garage was warranted.
I can almost here the ultimatum offered by the school officials at the end of this.
Admit this was all you and your child's fault, don't contradict any of this at a later date and we won't file a bunch of bogus charges, make you pay for police and fire response and expel your child for reasons that will keep him out of anything but a school for violent offenders.
Oh, the student handbook for the school can be found here: http://old.sandi.net/mtm/policies.html
Maybe some of you can figure what policy he broke...
"Hi, I'd like to buy that painting, the one with the cat chasing the yarn."
"Great, just fill out these forms, please."
"Forms? What are these for?"
"These register you as the current owner. They will be filed with the Artist Reimbursement Office and their audit division, the tax office, and your local police precinct. Should you ever sell the painting you will need to file a transfer of ownership package, with it's applicable fees, to each of these entities. Should the painting ever be lost, destroyed or stolen you will need to file the claim form package id-10-t and allow for possible inspection and verification of said claim.
Will that be cash or charge?"
DRM hasn't been about stopping pirates for quite some time. I would even wonder if a lot of it has to do with contracts and good old boy deals between the publishers and the companies that produce the DRM. And, to an extent, 'The Party Line' with the rest of the content industry. But it is -interesting-, this new tack taken by EA. We can only watch, wait and hope it continues.
Lastly, this part REALLY caught my eye:
"and a sizable second sale market"
This is one of the things that DRM has really been used to curtail so I want to hear more on this aspect.
Not directly related, but something I have been pondering.
Does anyone out there know of ANYBODY who has filed for Social Security disability that has NOT been denied?
Prior to hiring a lawyer. I don't.
My mom was denied twice. I know a handful of folks personally, all denied. Until they hired a lawyer. TV is flooded with commercials about hiring a lawyer so you too can get your SS disability claim approved.
Why must you hire a lawyer to get help from the US Gov't program you are forced to pay into?
Lot of lawyers making money fighting a system made by politicians who started out as lawyers...
...section 101 limits the use of the term "copies" to material objects...
Have not the kontent kings and their minions been trying to brainwash everybody into treating digital content as material objects for years? File sharing is just like stealing a disk from your local store, right? Twisty logic and not a good road to follow, but hey...