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9-30-2011 @ 7:24PM
This article makes me sad. You point out that Blizzard leapt on Tukui and did not leap on the 40$ "autodownloader".... But you did not say why Blizzard allowed the downloader to continue living. This despite pointing out several ToS and EULA provisions that would seem to give it the thumbs-down.Without a definitive statement from Blizzard, you're guessing off the same data we are. But I really want to hang *someone* by their toenails until I extract an answer.
9-30-2011 @ 7:40PM
This is exactly why I wrote the article. I don't know why they get away with it.
9-30-2011 @ 7:50PM
The answer is simple, and the answer is basically semantics. You can't pay for an Addon. They can't charge for an addon. Even a beta version. You CAN pay to access a program that will automatically update your addons. You CAN pay for a PDF or HTML leveling guide that tells you where to go and how to level most efficiently. And it can include a data file for tourguide. Tourguide is still free. It's that simple.
9-30-2011 @ 8:09PM
Just to add - i think the big thing that gets the Curse updater and leveling guides past this is that they simply aren't addons. They are other programs or services that you use, and if you pay for them that is up to you. I wouldn't, there are Free options for guides that include addon data for in game navigation. And I think auto updating adding causes more problems then good. But you still can. You aren't doing anything to modify WoW that Blizzard would be upset by (and modifying the addon code in the interface directory is safe - Blizzard doesnt own or control those addons). If I had to guess on the AH addon, I would bet it's basically a service that exports your auctioneer type data to a server and runs some algorithms or other such crap to help you okay the market. It's probably no better then UJ, but people are wierd and will pay for things they can get free elsewhere.
9-30-2011 @ 8:25PM
The downloader really is that simple as long as the addon is available via other means for free, including curse which has a free downloader. Who cares if I make a program that performs the same function as the curse agent and charge money for it? You're not getting an edge using that downloader over curse over manually getting files which are also available, so it's all good.The tourguide files are a little gray area to me because the addon is free and the file would then be open source, more or less, but if getting the file in the first place is behind a paywall, then I'm not so sure. What's amusing then would be to just share the file on your own site for free as it can't possibly be upheld in court in any manner I can see. Open source is open source.As for the pdf/html guides, I can't imagine how they can be legal since inevitably there has to be pictures, names, and other trademarked or copyrighted materials used in the book, likely without license, and for profit.
10-01-2011 @ 6:02AM
@makWhat is UJ?
10-01-2011 @ 9:26AM
@Nick: The Undermine Journal - http://theunderminejournal.com/
10-01-2011 @ 6:03PM
Ahh, I've been there a few times before. I actually downloaded the paid for addon detailed above. I didn't pay for it. Not sure what the legalities are: I didn't pay for an item the vendor wants to charge for, but the vendor is not allowed to charge for. Either way all it does is calculate profit margins for certain items based on mats cost vs product cost it also calculates the highest gold per hour item you can farm (cloth volatiles etc) or harvest. The 3rd component is it calculates best items to buy to sell on, based on current vs mean prices.People pay $40 for this? Mental.
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