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And yet we have this: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=5021

 

I'm not sure if copyright has changed, but this is definitely a PDF, and people have said that EotE is not on PDFs due to the EA copyright (only EA can make Star Wars game, and PDFs count as games).

 

I'm not sure if this counts as a game since it's only for planning missions, but it could definitely be used by someone who wanted to play on the computer rather than on a table, meaning it might be considered a "Video Game."

 

So... Am I just over thinking it, has something changed, or is there something else happening entirely? Because if copyright has changed, then it may be possible that a PDF of EotE or other books may be produced (correct me if I'm wrong, though, because I don't know too much about that: also, I'm not saying "Hurray! PDFs!," because I actually don't like PDF books).

 

If I am just over thinking it, than I'd like to be informed of such, because this seems big to me, and I'd rather not sit here not knowing what the hay is happening.

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@Progressions. Um, yes the vast majority of us Forum users all have our PHD's in Physchology, Physics, Litterature, and Law! Not to mention all of our minors that we have obtained Masters in various other fields. Just because you did not not complete your higher education needs and don't have 4 PHDs, 10 Masters and 15 Bachlors is no reason to come on this forum and knock those of us that have!! Way to be behind the power curve slacker!

If you look at the landmark case of 2006 Highbrow Vs Mattel you would clearly see that this is a case of speculation, fairy dust and unicorn rainbow farts.

:)

It does seem that we have a lot of experts of various fields on here though. :)

I won't have my Masters done for about another two years yet. :( Stoopid higher learning.

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Obvious reasons they would want to avoid creating PDFs if they could anyway.

A lot of people would download them thinking "I'll just see if its worth buying" or "its not out yet and I'm too curious" or "I don't want to pay $50 shipping to get a book to Australia"

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Obvious reasons they would want to avoid creating PDFs if they could anyway.

A lot of people would download them thinking "I'll just see if its worth buying" or "its not out yet and I'm too curious" or "I don't want to pay $50 shipping to get a book to Australia"

People do this anyway. Not creating PDFs isn't even really slowing the black market down.

Creating PDFs means a few more would buy the PDFs over the print books, yes, so in the end it might not be worth it to FFG to fight for the rights. But it isn't hurting SJGames (who've put everything in pdf form they are legally allowed).

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doesn't take an advanced degree. Just takes some understanding of history. The license that FFG has is the same one that WotC had and probably the same that good old West End Games (WEG) had. WotC wasn't able to produce materials in PDF for sale as those were/are considered electronic gaming material and that was a different license and different division under Lucas Arts (LA) to have. For WEG that wasn't an issue since they started publishing nearly a DECADE before the commercial 'Net became widely available. WotC picked up the license shortly after financial issues hit WEG (tons of history, look it up) and even then things like PDFs weren't in the mainstream for publishing. Now, when the license comes up again for renewal (which FFG is probably already beginning negotiations about), it might be possible to get those rights added into it since LA is under new, main management (the mouse now runs the maze). So, maybe FFG will be able to start doing PDF releases like they do for their other games when the license is renewed (sometime next year after the release of F&D).

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Those of us who were following this from the WotC days had it explained to us back them by those at WotC why they could not do PDFs even though they wanted to. So when we get here we already know the drill and can explain it.

 

That aaaand you're an expert Daeglan!

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@Progressions. Um, yes the vast majority of us Forum users all have our PHD's in Physchology, Physics, Litterature, and Law! Not to mention all of our minors that we have obtained Masters in various other fields. Just because you did not not complete your higher education needs and don't have 4 PHDs, 10 Masters and 15 Bachlors is no reason to come on this forum and knock those of us that have!! Way to be behind the power curve slacker!

If you look at the landmark case of 2006 Highbrow Vs Mattel you would clearly see that this is a case of speculation, fairy dust and unicorn rainbow farts.

:)

It does seem that we have a lot of experts of various fields on here though. :)

I won't have my Masters done for about another two years yet. :( Stoopid higher learning.

At least you will have tenure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Those of us who were following this from the WotC days had it explained to us back them by those at WotC why they could not do PDFs even though they wanted to. So when we get here we already know the drill and can explain it.

Pretty much.

 

Rodney Thompson spelled it out in exacting detail during one of his guest appearances on the Order 66 podcast back when it was focused on Saga Edition.  Since FFG likely doesn't have the same degree of clout that the Hasbro-backed WotC had, stands to reason that FFG would be bound by the same terms.  And in fact, I think Steve Horvath even discussed this briefly during the GenCon 2013 InFlight Report, though not in any great detail.

 

FFG probably had to work out a limited agreement with LucasArts to do the dice roller app, which was deemed to be cost effective enough (either on its own merits or as part of projected increase in book sales during the EotE Beta due to dice no being easily accessible) for them to go through with it.

 

Again, there's a lot of hope that with LucasArts no longer being a thing, that when it comes time for FFG to renew the license they'll be able to get PDF rights included with the RPG rights, but that's a "wait and see" game.

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On a related vein - would it be useful for us to contact Disney/ Lucas Licensing to tell them what a great job FFG is doing with the license? I really want them to retain it and continue publishing these great, high quality products for at least another half dozen years. At that point we can see if they're scraping the barrel or continuing to wow with releases and make the decision accordingly.

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Obvious reasons they would want to avoid creating PDFs if they could anyway.

A lot of people would download them thinking "I'll just see if its worth buying" or "its not out yet and I'm too curious" or "I don't want to pay $50 shipping to get a book to Australia"

People do this anyway. Not creating PDFs isn't even really slowing the black market down.

 

Exactly. I'm sure there's shady pdf's of every SWRPG book floating around somewhere, so I don't see why FFG can release an official one. I for one enjoy reading through the actual hardcovers, but during sessions it's just so much easier to ctrl+f something in a pdf.

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I like what Evil hat does. If you buy a book at your FLGS you can get the PDF for that book. As in their mind you already paid for the info. I forget the exact method but I know it had to do with your receipt. I would love if FFG did this. As I like reading the physical book. But carrying the many pounds of books is daunting at times.

A great way to do this is have a cryptographic hash in each book that you could use to claim your digital copy. 

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Obvious reasons they would want to avoid creating PDFs if they could anyway.

A lot of people would download them thinking "I'll just see if its worth buying" or "its not out yet and I'm too curious" or "I don't want to pay $50 shipping to get a book to Australia"

People do this anyway. Not creating PDFs isn't even really slowing the black market down.

 

Exactly. I'm sure there's shady pdf's of every SWRPG book floating around somewhere, so I don't see why FFG can release an official one. I for one enjoy reading through the actual hardcovers, but during sessions it's just so much easier to ctrl+f something in a pdf.

 

Because they signed an agreement and are legally liable for sticking with it. Just because others are violating Copyright and Trademark laws by making and distributing copies doesn't mean that FFG can just ignore an agreement they have with someone, else they risk forfeiting the agreement and can't produce anything.

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Smartphone or tablet +1 of many apps x a lot of freakin time = PDF's. if like me you choose not to frequent pirate sites.

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Obvious reasons they would want to avoid creating PDFs if they could anyway.

A lot of people would download them thinking "I'll just see if its worth buying" or "its not out yet and I'm too curious" or "I don't want to pay $50 shipping to get a book to Australia"

People do this anyway. Not creating PDFs isn't even really slowing the black market down.
 

Exactly. I'm sure there's shady pdf's of every SWRPG book floating around somewhere, so I don't see why FFG can release an official one. I for one enjoy reading through the actual hardcovers, but during sessions it's just so much easier to ctrl+f something in a pdf.

Because they signed an agreement and are legally liable for sticking with it. Just because others are violating Copyright and Trademark laws by making and distributing copies doesn't mean that FFG can just ignore an agreement they have with someone, else they risk forfeiting the agreement and can't produce anything.
I;d just like to pop in here at this end: I wasn't implying FFG should break the law because "it's happening anyway". I was just arguing why "Because they'll be pirated" is a terrible excuse as to not create pdfs, in case FFG every gets licensed to make official pdfs of the Star Wars franchise.

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yes PDFs would be nice. But until their contract comes up again in I believe 2016 they can't change it. and they might be able to change it then seeing as how Star Wars is under new ownership and Lucas Arts no longer exists. They likely will be able to succeed. 

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If EA wrote an iPad, Kindle, PC, Mac and Android reader application and gave it away.

 

Then FFG made the rules available through in-app purchase to the end user at a small discount as the book no longer is printed and some of that in-app payment heads over to EA to cover the cost of making the Application.

 

Could it be done?

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