As you may know from comment thread below, NWVault recently pulled an NWN mod based on Star Wars, citing copyright violation. That’s the first pull of this sort ever for the vault — and it means now they have to answer the painful question “So what are you going to do about the other copyright violating mods you damn well know are on this server already?” as well as what to do with future mods like this. (Which is why I canned my proposed project, which would rely on copyrighted artwork.)
This is the sort of decision no fan likes, since it puts a limit on the work they do, and is easily seen as hypocritical since it’s an “all or nothing” deal. Either you ignore violations and possibly get in legal trouble, or you go after all of them in order to prevent accusations of elitism / favoritism. You are screwed regardless, but in terms of avoiding picking up the soap in the prison shower, it’s better to piss off the fans.
Every time I see something like this I feel a special glow of warmth that comes from knowing I no longer administrate anything and I don’t have to make decisions like this. ^_^ HWEI for end content producers and users! We keeps to our own biz and are beholden to no one.
…except the fans of our work, I suppose.
Anyway, progressu on PR3. While RPing last night I laid out the framework of scripts and encounters for the final area including the boss fight. Tonight I actually test those scripts and watch them crash in horrifying ways. After that it’s just the epilogue and I’m done; my ESTIMATE is a beta of PR3 by monday.
Then it’s immediately onto PR4 and PR5, and then back to UE. I can do this. I just have to stick to it.
Updated: Recently got word of the Verizon vs. RIAA lawsuit. RIAA won. Now ISPs must hand over the identity of anyone behind an IP address of theirs if the RIAA suspects there may be copyright violations going on there.
Think about that. Yes, if you’re pirating music or spreading kiddie pr0n or bomb plans, the cops can ask an ISP for identity. But this isn’t the police, it’s a private organization. Why do they get to muscle ISPs into forking over identity? Shouldn’t that power be vested in law enforcement agencies instead which have court oversight and are firmly ensconched in checks and balances?
I am damn well not paying 20 dollars for an album when I just want one song, much less for an album that will not play in my computer due to their stupid copy protection mangling. So until they start offering me a reasonable alternative, here’s my plan.
Go back to the old days of tape swapping. Use tools like ICQ and personal webspace to exchange music with my friends; see who has what albums and can rip songs (I know of a NICE one-click CD track to MP3 converter if anybody wants it) and get some networking going in the personal-networking sense. They’re monitoring peer to peer? Fine, I’ll go small scale and personal, rename files if I have to. I don’t need gigs of music a day, I just want something new to listen to. And I’m willing to spread the karma to folks I know and trust by swapping rather than leeching off strangers.
Yes, it’s illegal. But by this point I’m not sure I care anymore; the RIAA have stepped on my rights and bought congressmen and they are not a regime I care to respect. You point me at a way I can compensate the artists and still get a reasonable product and I’ll do it (www.emusic.com, anyone?) Until then I take this mess on my own terms.
If any of you are on my ICQ list or a friend of mine and have broadband, let me know if you’d like my MP3 list and I’ll pass it along; we’ll exchange and see if we can get something going. Fuck Hillary Rosen.
By the way, if I’m hauled off to jail tomorrow without charges or bail under the Patriot Act by advocating online terrorism with this rant, well, you’ll know why.