The indefinite suspension didn't last very long for the Florida morning-radio hosts who played an April Fools' prank gone wrong—or right, it's kind of hard to tell—and according to an official at the local health department they also won't be charged with a felony.
I remember reading a story about the Kickstarter campaign from Chris Roberts, creator of Wing Commander and looking to create a new space MMO-type project. The results of his campaign proved there *was* a market, and he was starting to get investment bids from private investors as a result to further fund his game.
They're not giving money away for nothing (unless the project happens to get scrapped for one of a hundred different reasons Hollywood projects are cancelled) -- they get the tickets or the posters or whatever their donation level earned them.
You could say the same thing about people who buy tickets to see the movie when it's released.
Yeah, Hollywood accounting sucks, but this hardly makes anything better or worse.