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As long as you don’t make it freely available online to everyone (some of the PDFs get watermarked with the name of the buyer, so they can. In that case I’d give it a pass. Has anyone made any experiences with this? If the DriveThruRPG watermark shows on the prints, are there other. When I first started buying books on RPGNow, there were no watermarks. Suddenly, within the past few years, every book suddenly has.

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Actually more of creating a profit incentive to spur on innovation. Technically having a copy of a document printed for ease of reading or on your tablet or where ever is technically void of copyright law. He doesn’t want to be a pirate, so I let him know he’d be a pirate. Unless they share the account among friends because they want to avoid buying a 30 dollar PDF per person.

If you do have a copy already, you could simply do the character creation process right after or right before a session. Seriously, what the actual fuck.

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Arbitrarily grubbing for money forever is fine because the people who make the laws say it is rolls eyes. I think I’ll just see if drivethgurpg group is willing to order a physical copy or something. The moment a copy is held by more than one person regardless of whether they are viewing it or not you’ve violated copyright.

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Possible rant following, but I think the most important part is that you paid for the work that someone put into it, and the amount of indie devs working on stuff on RPGDriveThru is awesome and supporting them when you’re drivethrrurpg to is also awesome. However, because it is digital you are making a copy and not passing one copy around. Do not link to, request or encourage piracy in any way. If your talking about the Fate core rule book it’s pay what you want anyhow so everyone can get a copy at no cost.

Like I said, stupidest idea. I mention this though because, as you note, very long copyright terms exist now.


Hell has frozen over. All you do is make the people who are actually giving you money angry, and teaching them to download the book first and share it on gdrive or something. Someone starting out making a machine wouldn’t have the facilities to do so and so a big bisuness could swoop in, copy it and out put an exact replica without any development cost in a more efficient cost per item for each piece than the small developer.

Ideally sharing a PDF should be no different then passing around a hard copy book at a table. Though, to be fair, it’s been a while since I bought a book there that wasn’t free or kickstarter free. Is the local home network the complete system? Dingo how do batch process it?

I recall having seen them there in the past on my purchases.

My group plays Fate of the Norns: I got rid of the text, but there’s still a small square left where the text used to be. Originally Posted by maddman Think of it this way, if you loan someone a CD old school of you then you’re fine, when you burn them a copy and you each have one then you’ve violated copyright. Alexander Garden It doesn’t work, TypeError: Fundamentally people should not be allowed to own ideas.


I appreciate your hints. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Watefmark Agreement and Privacy Policy. They same people also spend great amounts of money on RPG books. I’m thinking of it as an easier way to handle sharing the book without having to pass around a physical copy between games and at the table, but I certainly don’t want watermagk do anything like piracy.

It may have changed since. Hense copyright law comes in and makes sense because it’s for monitary gain.

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Yeah but, making a copy of a physical book costs money. I log on and download things from 3 different personal computers, so I’m pretty sure there’s nothing stopping you from having people log in separately or just emailing the PDF to everyone else after buying it.

Making a copy of a physical book is better watrrmark. It doesn’t seem so bad after you have to spend a few hundred dollars per semester on books that aren’t even that fun: