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Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:07 AM #71
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Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:07 AM #72
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Personally, I rather hope that that's some sort of initiative to tie it into the overall DDI scheme. Consolidating their stuff was done before - right before 4E and the DDI plans.
Because it would otherwise mean that you cannot legally get up-to-date PDFs any longer. And PDFs are neat and lightweight.
Formerly known as "Lord Tirian"
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:08 AM #73
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
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Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:08 AM #74
Hey all. I wanted to step in and shine a mote of light on the subject. First off, this cesation of PDF sales has absolutely nothing to do with the Internet Sales Policy. I know it's the 6th of April and I can definitely see how the two would appear linked, but the truth is, this is a completely seperate matter.
Unfortunately, due to recent findings of illegal copying and online distribution (piracy) of our products, Wizards of the Coast has decided to cease the sales of online PDFs. We are exploring other options for digitial distribution of our content and as soon as we have any more information I'll get it to you.
Last edited by WotC_Trevor; Tuesday, 7th April, 2009 at 12:46 AM. Reason: removed unnecessary words
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:11 AM #75
Defender (Lvl 8)
So, if Piracy is the cited reason for the action, does that therefore mean that there will be no more legal PDF downloads of D&D from this point forward?
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:12 AM #76
Scout (Lvl 6)
Typical short-sighted reaction from WOTC, which makes zero sense at all, when you consider the fact that the most widely-spread pirated copies of the 4e products contain printers marks -- which means that their piracy problem pre-dated any purchases.
Speaking as somebody whose entire income is largely dependent on my PDF sales, this really pisses me off.
According to my data on RPGNow and DriveThru, a large chunk of my sales come from multi-product orders which include WOTC products. Now, with WOTC making this decision, those orders won't be there, because those customers won't be there.
The last thing that I, or any other publisher or vendor on the PDF side of the industry needed right now is a massive drop in sales. Thanks, WOTC.
Seriously. Can somebody over there unplug the LawyerTron 5000?
Adamant Entertainment .
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:13 AM #77
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:14 AM #78
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
Piracy wins... well, I mean the theories that Piracy was behind all this that is...
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:16 AM #79
Scout (Lvl 6)
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009, 12:18 AM #80
Guide (Lvl 11)
Regardless of whether rpgnow is blameless or culpatory here, WotC is taking away our access to legal pdfs we bought and that is why I am angry at WotC.
RPGNow wants to offer them to us, but they are capitulating to WotC.
WotC is taking away our stuff and doesn't want us to have it.
I don't really care what the actual contract was between them, I am more angry at the one whose goal is to take away stuff I paid them for.
WotC was not a naive supplier duped by RPGNOW into offering its products for sale. WotC is the biggest, most sophisticated entity in RPGs. WotC was fine having their stuff advertised for sale as always available up until the day they decided it was not going to be that way and got paid based on that assumption.
Giving WotC the benefit of the doubt on their contract I'm still very angry at them.
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