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TSR are at it again

So, GoS has been taken offline. Why? Someone at TSR wrote to their server, GoDaddy, and told them that GoS was redistributing copyrighted content. As per their procedures, GoDaddy has taken the site down for now. This kind of sucks for everyone at GoS, and yet again shows that those at TSR really have their heads firmly up their asses.

Information from jenfold's DW and nymphynymms's LJ. More here at PMBD too.

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maqui
May. 1st, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
I actually was reading the thread on GoS about the letter Thomas had sent to GoDaddy as GoDaddy was taking the site down. However, as much as I'm appalled by the whole thing - they have no legal leg to stand on since you can't claim copyright on custom content going by the game's ToS in the first place, so GoDaddy really should have done some research, seriously - I can't say I'm surprised. It was only a matter of time before they went after GoS, since it's one of the biggest freesites out there. To them, it was probably the "best" big target to try for - they won't be able to make a dent on Pescado, so MATY and PMBD are out by default and if the repercussions from going after GoS are going to be bad, just imagine if they'd tried to take down MTS.

The thing is, the expectation was probably that the free community would sit there, twiddle its thumbs, and cry. I don't know if TSR didn't realize that GoS's mods get some help from Pescado as well as the fact that GoS is certainly not made up of people who call it quits after a setback. They'll be back - pretty quickly, from what I've read on PMBD - and it'll be with a vengeance. And TSR will have just turned more people towards filesharing in the process. Funny how that works; looks like their whole plan backfired.