EFF Comments on DMCA Exemption for Abandoned Games
This is a very interesting article and if most of these exceptions are approved it could definitely help the space gaming cause of not letting these great old games slip away into nothingness because the companies or individuals are latching a deathgrip on rights to it. Exception could be re-jumpstarting a IP then I could see snatching back your rights.
Now I am not against a developer holding on to rights to a game. And if you can show you are still making money off a 10yr old game then so be it. But if you haven't generated income off the game then why not set it free for anyone to play? I think this is especially true for MMO's, once they shutdown servers and now you are telling me I cannot play a game I paid for any more (or virtual items), thats not too fair.
So the EFF comments are a long read at 36 pages, but it is a solid read. A lot of good points are brought up about game industry and its history. So I hope they are successful, because I know I am breaking some sort of rules and rights laws with some of the downloads I have at SSC. It would be nice for it to all be legal for me
and it gives people the chance to play some of the golden oldies that most people have never experienced. Why deny people the ability to play the early games of any genre.
Link to Article:https://www.eff.org/document/eff-comments-dmca-exemption-abandoned-games