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[4]: Good Old Games
by WereCatf on Fri 13th Sep 2013 12:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good Old Games"
WereCatf
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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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RE[6]: Good Old Games
by Morgan on Sat 14th Sep 2013 03:00 in reply to "RE[5]: Good Old Games"
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2005-06-29

The difference with software and "lending", according to content publishers, has always been that if you borrow a book or newspaper or DVD, the person you borrowed from no longer has it and can't use it. So, it can be assumed by the publisher that only one person is using it at a time. With software, you can install copies on both machines and (barring any DRM issues) play both copies at once. That effectively renders it a "loss" for the publisher.

Now, I'm not saying I agree with that line of thinking; after all, one can always copy a book, newspaper, magazine, CD, DVD etc. It's more difficult than software, sure, but it's possible and happens all the time, especially with CDs, DVDs, and books. Personally I see all of the above as shareable media, and while I feel on my own level that family sharing or even sharing with close friends doesn't really hurt anything, it is still against the law in many countries, including mine.

The more the lawmakers try to crack down on casual copying/sharing, the closer we come to a point where even talking to another person about the plot of a book/movie/game can get one in trouble for "copyright infringement". I want to see things move in the other direction, but I also realize how unlikely it is that we will see that happen.

Edited 2013-09-14 03:04 UTC

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