Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Sep 2013 19:21 UTC
Games

Steam Family Sharing allows close friends and family members to play one another's games while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.

Sounds neat, but it does look convoluted and complex. I have a simpler system, which is quite revolutionary. It's called physical copies and I can just give them to friends. It's magic.

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RE[3]: Good Old Games
by Morgan on Thu 12th Sep 2013 17:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good Old Games"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

You're probably right, I just wonder if they make a distinction between family under the same roof vs family across town, or across the country. I took the hard line in my response to ptman but really it's open to interpretation.

I'm really curious to know what they say!

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RE[4]: Good Old Games
by WereCatf on Fri 13th Sep 2013 12:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Good Old Games"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I got a response from GOG moments ago:
we offer individual licenses, so ideally only the owner of an account should be able to use the games. However, due to our DRM-free policy, we don't control or limit it, so you can share your games with anyone you want - we trust our customers not to abuse it. Moreover, in some countries (like in Poland, where our office is located) sharing media with family and closest friends is considered fair use ans is completely legal.

So, they would hope for everyone to buy their own games, but don't even try to pretend that it's illegal everywhere to share the games and accept that. Here in Finland you are legally allowed to make copies of stuff to family and closest friends -- something that most people are surprisingly unaware of these days -- and I think the limit was 5 or 8 people. Do other countries have similar laws?

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RE[5]: Good Old Games
by Soulbender on Fri 13th Sep 2013 17:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Good Old Games"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Do other countries have similar laws?


I think most countries have similar fair-use laws. Just imagine how absurd it would be if you couldn't "use" your spouse's book, your dads newspaper or your brothers DVD.

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