So I just got Age of Empires 2 (+ expansion) and I'm wondering if anyone else wants to take a trip back down memory lane with me. I have fond memories of our epic multiplayer AoE and AoM battles sophomore and junior year.
What say yee? Be you brave enough to join me in my quest for victory and awesomosity in online warfare??
PS: I'm a mac user now, so I don't know if I can link with PCs, but we can give it a shot.
What if you lost your legal copy before backing it up but had a friend burn a backup of his legal copy so you used that to play your game. Would that be legal:
A) If you had to reinstall the game, and it was a game in which you had to manually enter your CD key upon installation, but you hadn't lost you original (legal) CD key.
B) You had already installed the game and sent licensing information and just needed to use your friend's backup as a run CD.
C) If the game never asked you for licensing information or a CD key and you just needed to use your friend's backup as a run CD.
D) If the game never asked you for licensing information or a CD key, but you had to reinstall the game to run it.
Please answer each part in complete sentences and phrase each answer in the from of a question. Spelling counts.
A) What is legal, because when you buy the game you pay primarily for the license to play the game, and only secondarily for the physical media(the production costs for which are a mere pittance)?
B) What is legal, because like above you're using your purchased license and whatever physical media you have at hand?
C) What is legal because you purchased the game and simply lost it, and presumably your friend also purchased the game legally, though it is nevertheless untraceable by the company and left entirely up to the honor system?
D) What is the same as above?
I think on all counts you're essentially in the clear, with the assumption that both you and/or your friend purchased legal copies to start with.
Ok, so I think I got this figured out. One last scenario:
I never owned a nintendo as a child. However, my grandfather owned one which I played frequently. Years later, I was still into video games, but my grandpa was not. His nintendo was old and barely functioned at this point, so rather than giving it to me as a gift, he gave me the RIGHTS (via verbal agreement) to his nintendo and all his games so that I may download a "backup" NES emulator and ROMS (corresponding to games he/I owned) guilt-free. My grandfather never used his/my NES again; it currently collects dust in his basement.
I feel my owning if a NES emulator is perfectly legal in this scenario, would hold up in courts, and would be totally untracable.
PS: Lee-1, video game industry-0
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