An unpopular opinion
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2013, 5:24 am
I'm not writing this blog to be popular. I'm writing what I think without particularly trying to be either popular, nor controversial on purpose. But I know that on one particular subject my opinion is always rather unpopular: Intellectual property. I make my living in research, and if there was no intellectual property protection, I would be out of a day job. Thus contrary to the general anything goes attitude on the internet, I am for intellectual property protection and against intellectual property theft (or piracy, or whatever other word you want to use for it).

Now I've noticed that more and more blogs are writing about private servers for MMORPGs. Usually the argument is that the official servers have some set of new rules, while the private servers have some set of older rules which some people like more. But in my opinion that does not justify running a private server or playing on one. Playing on private servers hurts the people who developed the game you love. It robs them of a part of their living. And it decreases the chance that they will have the money necessary to improve the game you love further, or make an even better game. That is why I think that playing on a private server is morally wrong.

Apparently I'm not totally alone with that point of view. MMORPG.com shut down the discussion of an editorial of theirs discussing a private UO server. They have rules prohibiting the discussion of private servers on their site, and that is a good thing. If you are nostalgic, lobby the game companies for servers with old rule sets. Don't use that as an excuse to participate in intellectual property theft.
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