What's the right response to learning someone is playing a pirated version of a game?

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What's the right response to learning someone is playing a pirated version of a game?

#1 Post by verysunshine » Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:40 am

I'm subscribed to the Ren'py subreddit. Most of the time, participants are other developers. Sometimes players can show up as well.

A couple of days ago, I had an interaction with a player who was having issues with mobile versions of various Ren'py games lagging. I asked which ones, and the player gave me the names of three games that were not officially released on mobile. These were pirated versions.

What's the right response to a situation like that? Should I tell the developers about the pirated versions?

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Re: What's the right response to learning someone is playing a pirated version of a game?

#2 Post by fleet » Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:18 pm

I see nothing wrong with informing the game developer. His work is getting a bad reputation. If you know the host source of the pirated games, the game developer can then submit a take down notice (Digital Millennium Copyright Act - DMCA) to the host site.
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Re: What's the right response to learning someone is playing a pirated version of a game?

#3 Post by ketskari » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:05 am

Sometimes people port Ren'Py games unofficially to mobile - in some cases they already own the games, they just want to play them on their phone. Then they have problems because the games in question were not designed to work on mobile.

But if you know of the site where the person illegally downloaded them, in the case that they were pirated, then the developer would probably appreciate knowing.
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