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Is sharing a freeware game deleted by its author(s) accetable?

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Sorry for linking the twitter instead of making an on-site poll, but I don't want to further dilute the results (probably not that many people will vote in the first place). Some of you might know what game I'm most directly referencing here, but I know of a few cases of "dead" free VNs and other games that were effectively removed from the web, sometimes without clear reasons behind the move or because of some petty conflict. Do you think the will of the author should be respected in these cases, even if the license don't legally prevent anyone from sharing the game?

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If there's no legal reason which would prevent it I don't see a problem of it being shared.
The moment the author put it on the internet he indirectly agreed to the game never fully disappearing.
Instead of letting an illegal source profiting from it, a fan sharing it because he wants others to be able to play it would be the preferable option.

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27 minutes ago, onorub said:

Going into a similar discussion: in a case like Shira Oka, where the game's downloading website became unavailable because the publisher went down, would you say torrent is acceptable?

Legally it's never justifiable (in that way it's very different from freeware stuff), but ethically speaking yeah, I think abandonware in general is free game. If you can't buy something and no company offers to sell it to you, you don't harm anyone by pirating it.

14 minutes ago, Clockwork Loli said:

Isn't mentioning or directing to torrents on this forum against the rules though?

I think linking and asking for torrents is, not acknowledging their existence. :)

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Unless it was accidentally posted for download when in fact it was meant to be restricted then there's nothing legally against it. However if the author has a valid reason for not wanting it to be downloaded then it's up to your moral prerogative.

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1 hour ago, Dreamysyu said:

It may depend on a country, but, from what I understand, it's still considered a copyright infringement. The copyright holders actually do have a right to stop a work from circulating, and it doesn't matter if it's free or not.

Yeah, that too.  I completely forgot about that. :notlikemiya:

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2 hours ago, Dreamysyu said:

It may depend on a country, but, from what I understand, it's still considered a copyright infringement. The copyright holders actually do have a right to stop a work from circulating, and it doesn't matter if it's free or not.

Hah, this is interesting. I wonder whether there's any conflict between this rule and some of the licenses allowing free, non-commercial distribution of the IP (like Creative Commons, probably what most freeware VN devs use?) being irrevocable. I guess I should go to some kind of copyright law forums with this. :P

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20 minutes ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Hah, this is interesting. I wonder whether there's any conflict between this rule and some of the licenses allowing free, non-commercial distribution of the IP (like Creative Commons, probably what most freeware VN devs use?) being irrevocable. I guess I should go to some kind of copyright law forums with this. :P

Open source products are an exception to this as far as I know, it might still depend on the region though.

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