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Idea for getting around the donation issue.


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Hi guys, a former City of Heroes player (Illusion/Kinetic controller, Ghost' *US/Mistress Divine *EU) just dropping in to say hello and to offer a possible solution.

 

As we know, giving donations to pay for the game directly is way too risky due to copyright issues etc.  What if the creator was to host a steam on twitch every now and then and we could donate to that person directly.  That wouldn't be breaking any rules would it?  We would be supporting the streamer and not the game directly after all. 

 

 

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Your idea is enthusiastic but it would not work. Twitch (Amazon) take about 40% of donations, twitch (Amazon) does not fund copyright theft. To have a named and known person and their bank details would expose them to the potential wrath from that Korean game company.

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They could hook in google adsense to the forums and ask people to disable adblockers.

 

This would still be profiting from someone elses copyright as there is no other reason to be here except for CoH.

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Some hosts allow users to donate directly to paying for server costs, which would circumvent any sort of legal issues.

 

Regardless, they're being very paranoid. Unless you aren't charging players to play the game, donations are a legal gray area. (As shown by the countless Blizzard servers.)

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Regardless, they're being very paranoid. Unless you aren't charging players to play the game, donations are a legal gray area.
Wrong. They are a *moral* gray area. Legally, they are *very* clearly illegal. I would like to make an X-Men comic, but it doesn't get any less illegal if I fund it with "donations" instead of charging straight out.
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So many legal experts on here... (sarcasm)

 

If you do not think the Homecoming team is not (and has not) consulted with attorneys... you would be mistaken. How about we let them do what they can do and advise us of any "donations" that can or cannot be requested on their own schedule. Certainly beats all these internet lawyers out there flooding the boards with the same old back and forth.

 

 

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Folks, I know everyone wants to help, but just look at Star Trek: Axanar for what happens when money starts getting involved with someone else's IP, even if all you are doing is taking donations for your fan project or selling merchandise with no intent to profit. For right now the admin team has a handle on things, relax and enjoy the game :)

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