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22nd Nov '17 9:36:57 PM nombretomado
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An inversion of DigitalPiracyIsEvil, where downloading something not only doesn't mean you're a reprobate, but is actually encouraged by the artist. Compare DigitalDistribution, for when they want you to download it but still expect you to pay for it.

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An inversion of DigitalPiracyIsEvil, where downloading something not only doesn't mean you're a reprobate, but is actually encouraged by the artist. Compare DigitalDistribution, UsefulNotes/DigitalDistribution, for when they want you to download it but still expect you to pay for it.
7th Nov '17 2:48:21 PM REV6Pilot
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* Creator/AcidWizardStudios themselves put their game, ''VideoGame/{{Darkwood}}'', on Website/thePirateBay, completely up-to-date, and encourage people that can't afford the game to torrent it the only thing they ask in return is that when you have the money to pay for a copy, even if it's on a massive Steam sale, please buy it legitimately so they can keep developing games. They did this out of sympathy for a buyer that refunded the game on Steam because he didn't want the cost on the credit card to stress out his parents, and at the same time to yank the rug out from under the feet of key-reselling scammers that routinely ask creators and publishers for free keys to review their games then re-sell them on shady sites.

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* Creator/AcidWizardStudios themselves put their game, ''VideoGame/{{Darkwood}}'', on Website/thePirateBay, Website/ThePirateBay, completely up-to-date, and encourage people that can't afford the game to torrent it the only thing they ask in return is that when you have the money to pay for a copy, even if it's on a massive Steam sale, please buy it legitimately so they can keep developing games. They did this out of sympathy for a buyer that refunded the game on Steam because he didn't want the cost on the credit card to stress out his parents, and at the same time to yank the rug out from under the feet of key-reselling scammers that routinely ask creators and publishers for free keys to review their games then re-sell them on shady sites.
7th Nov '17 1:44:12 PM REV6Pilot
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* When people on piracy websites started complaining that their copies of VideoGame/HotlineMiami were having problems, the game's developers created threads offering free tech support, figuring that leaving the pirates with a buggy product would just make them even less likely to buy it. ''It worked,'' as a large amount of them decided to actually purchase the game as thanks.
** Later, when the sequel was [[BannedInChina Banned in Australia]], they ''encouraged Australian gamers to pirate it so they wouldn't miss out.''
* When talking to {{Website/Reddit}} about the game, Cruis'n USA programmer Eric Pribyl said "Please download the arcade game and share with anyone."

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* When people on piracy websites started complaining that their copies of VideoGame/HotlineMiami were having problems, the game's developers created threads offering free tech support, figuring that leaving the pirates with a buggy product would just make them even less likely to buy it. ''It worked,'' as a large amount of them decided to actually purchase the game as thanks.
** Later, when the sequel was [[BannedInChina Banned in Australia]], they ''encouraged Australian gamers to pirate it so they wouldn't miss out.''
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thanks. When talking to {{Website/Reddit}} about the game, Cruis'n USA programmer Eric Pribyl said "Please download the arcade game and share with anyone."" Later, when the sequel was [[BannedInChina banned in Australia]], they ''encouraged Australian gamers to pirate it so they wouldn't miss out.''


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* Creator/AcidWizardStudios themselves put their game, ''VideoGame/{{Darkwood}}'', on Website/thePirateBay, completely up-to-date, and encourage people that can't afford the game to torrent it the only thing they ask in return is that when you have the money to pay for a copy, even if it's on a massive Steam sale, please buy it legitimately so they can keep developing games. They did this out of sympathy for a buyer that refunded the game on Steam because he didn't want the cost on the credit card to stress out his parents, and at the same time to yank the rug out from under the feet of key-reselling scammers that routinely ask creators and publishers for free keys to review their games then re-sell them on shady sites.
28th Oct '17 12:38:17 PM dlchen145
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* Creator/RogerWaters (formerly of Music/PinkFloyd) doesn't mind fans who make and post videos of his ''Music/TheWall 2012'' shows. He only asked them not to whenever the show was being filmed for a DVD release. It wasn't because of piracy, but because the lights and flashes from their cameras would have a nasty effect on the projections.

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* Creator/RogerWaters Music/RogerWaters (formerly of Music/PinkFloyd) doesn't mind fans who make and post videos of his ''Music/TheWall 2012'' shows. He only asked them not to whenever the show was being filmed for a DVD release. It wasn't because of piracy, but because the lights and flashes from their cameras would have a nasty effect on the projections.
10th Oct '17 11:10:30 PM SuperMafia
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*** Ironic, considering [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil their policies on some of the other properties they have distribution rights to]] (for example, Franchise/PowerRangers and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic various]] Creator/{{Hasbro}} [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers franchises]]).

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*** Ironic, considering [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil their policies on some of the other properties they have distribution rights to]] (for example, Franchise/PowerRangers and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic various]] Creator/{{Hasbro}} [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers franchises]]).franchises]][[labelnote: To those confused...]] There is a reason for this "shift" in policy. While Best Brains Inc. were okay with MST3K being distributed outside their normal control, Toei and its beneficiaries under Super Sentai/Power Rangers and Hasbro are absolutely ''draconic'' with their protection of their intellectual properties, especially when it comes to selling merchandising.[[/labelnote]]).
12th Sep '17 9:00:00 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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** Christian alt-rock band Music/{{Switchfoot}} had a similar reaction when ''Nothing is Sound'' came with the infamous Sony rootkit on its original release. Tim Foreman made a post on the band's website detailing how to work around the rootkit... which their label [[ExecutiveMeddling removed]]. Jon Foreman later felt the album's sales were tainted by the whole fiasco.
12th Sep '17 8:55:52 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* When their 2005 album ''Z'' was bundled with a copy protection scheme by the distributors of their label, indie rockers My Morning Jacket provided [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1518240/20051215/my_morning_jacket.jhtml tips on their website on how to circumvent it]], and offered to burn copies of the album free of copy protection for fans that wanted them.

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* When After learning their 2005 album ''Z'' was bundled with a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaMax_CD-3 malware to prevent copy protection scheme by the distributors protection]] courtesy of their label, indie rockers My Morning Jacket provided [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1518240/20051215/my_morning_jacket.jhtml tips on their website on how to circumvent it]], and offered to burn copies of the album free of copy protection for fans that wanted them.
12th Jul '17 1:59:46 PM razorrozar7
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* The developer of ''VideoGame/Paradigm'' commented on a torrent of the game, saying he knows some people legitimately can't afford it and is happy they have a chance to play it anyway. He even included some free Steam keys in his comment.

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* The developer of ''VideoGame/Paradigm'' ''VideoGame/{{Paradigm}}'' commented on a torrent of the game, saying he knows some people legitimately can't afford it and is happy they have a chance to play it anyway. He even included some free Steam keys in his comment.
12th Jul '17 1:57:40 PM razorrozar7
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* The developer of ''VideoGame/Paradigm'' commented on a torrent of the game, saying he knows some people legitimately can't afford it and is happy they have a chance to play it anyway. He even included some free Steam keys in his comment.
9th Jul '17 2:03:28 PM whateveryousay21
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* Peter Gabriel isn't exactly supportive of people downloading free music, but he feels that the massive lawsuits over it should end and that legal music distribution needs a serious overhaul.
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