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Peter Huebner
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      03-15-2006

As some people here probably know, I have been a fierce critic of copy
protection software for some time, especially the 'Starforce' project that is
in nature not so very different from the 'Sony rootkit' issue.

Well, the makers of Starforce have just shown their true colours when they
became aware of Stardock Systems selling their (GalCiv II) software without
copy protection, a fact that they obviously object to.


To wit:

Subject: Holy ****. Starforce encourages piracy of non-Starforce game
From: Brian Trosko <(E-Mail Removed)>
Newsgroups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic


Have you seen this yet?

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060313-6365.html

"Stardock Systems, the small developer of the highly popular new game
Galactic Civilizations II, has released the program without any sort of
copy protection at all.and it's doing very well. Their philosophy is
refreshing: make it easy and compelling for users to stay legal, and they
(mostly) will.

"Our primary weapon to fight piracy is through rewarding customers
through convenient, frequent, free updates. If you make it easy for users
to buy and make full use of your product or service legitimately then we
believe that you'll gain more users from that convenience than you'll lose
from piracy."

Apparently, such a model worries the makers of copy protection software.
Starforce, makers of a product that has triggered much user wrath, went so
far as to make a post on its own forums that contained a working URL where
BitTorrent users could go to download illegal copies of Galactic
Civilizations II (screenshot). This is the same company, after all, that
threatens its critics with lawsuits, so such hardball tactics are not
particularly surprising. If companies like Stardock can show the industry
that good returns are possible without using draconian protection schemes,
the protection makers may themselves soon be in need of protection."
[snipped]

-Peter
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