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Monday, 6th April, 2009, 09:30 PM #1
WotC puts a stop to online sales of PDFs
Originally Posted by RPGNow
So what could this mean in the long run...? Here are my thoughts from the WotC forums:
Very likely they're planning to start selling the PDFs online themselves so they can keep the money from online sales. So first step is to take away the permission for anybody else to sell PDFs online.
Same thing happened with all the online character generators and online D&D tools about six months before 4e was announced. And Dragon/Dungeon magazines. Remember?
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 09:45 PM #2
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Woh, that is not good.
I haven't got any as yet but will do soon when my eReader arrives. How can they stop you getting copies of PDFs you have already purchased????????
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 09:50 PM #3
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
Does anybody know - Is this an across the board thing from WOTC covering all sellers of authorised PDFs of their material or is it just affecting RPGNOW?
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 10:07 PM #4
Defender (Lvl 8)
If this does come to pass, somebody up in Seattle needs to credit me for my past purchases of WotC product that still have downloads remaining. Changing an agreement after somebody purchases things might be legal but it's still a load of horse pucky.
[Edit: As for anti-piracy issues, I think all of the WotC/TSR PDFs that I've downloaded from RPGNow (even the old scans) have an embedded watermark with my name in them. This makes piracy more trouble than it's worth.]
Last edited by jdrakeh; Monday, 6th April, 2009 at 10:18 PM.
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 09:46 PM #5
Lama (Lvl 13)
Yeah, it's pretty odd, without giving a reason. Arguably you have the right to the product purchased, along with the number of downloads that are made available to you?
Either way, I am sure someone will let us know soon enough why this has been done, or at least undo it.
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 10:36 PM #6
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Originally Posted by jdrakeh
Your contract is probably with RPGNOW, not WotC. WotC probably isn't changing anything about your contract because they can't alter a contract to which they're not a party. Most likely, RPGNOW promised you something that, in the event of a cancelation of their separate contract with WotC, they cannot honor. They probably shouldn't have done that.
Check your contract with RPGNOW.
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 10:50 PM #7
Defender (Lvl 8)
. . . provided, of course, that the above is what actually happened. As I mention previously, it's possible that the agreement was terminated due to RPGNow refusing to sign a new distribution agreement (or some other situation thus far obscured).
All I know for certain is that RPGNow got out in front of this by providing at least some information, while WotC has been very quiet. That doesn't build any confidence.
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 10:55 PM #8
Lama (Lvl 13)
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Did they post the new T&C for internet sales or did they just say in the press release that internet vendors had to use them?
Edit - nevermind, I found it.
Last edited by DaveMage; Monday, 6th April, 2009 at 11:02 PM.
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 11:01 PM #9
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
Monday, 6th April, 2009, 10:58 PM #10
What are they thinking??
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