Created By: KarjamP on December 22, 2013 Last Edited By: KarjamP on February 8, 2014
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Rereleased For Free

A commercial product rereleased as a free product.

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Karjam P: May need to be written for clear and concise grammar. Note that this is trivia.

Sometimes, the people who own the copyright for a certain commercial product decide to rerelease said product to the general audience as a free product.

Reasons for doing so vary. Sometimes, the product is not doing well, and the people who own the rights don't want the product's community to die out. Other times, it's being given out as a celebration of some event.

A variation is when the product is only released for a certain amount of time before it stops being commercial.

Another variation is when something becomes free only for a limited amount of time before it stops being free.

May result in said product either becoming an Allegedly Free Game or Freemium.

Examples:

Comic Books

Computer Software
  • Give Away Of The Day.com gives free software for one day only; after that it goes back to its regular price.
  • Recently, MacOS version 10.9, known as Mavericks, became free, whereas previously new versions were paid. You have to have a Mac (or a Hackintosh) to take advantage of this, but still, it's now free and previously was not.

Literature
  • Project Gutenberg is a volunteer-based organization with the mission of promoting eBooks. People are encouraged to create eBooks of any works that have fallen within the Public Domain for their country. This allows them to distribute "every" book for free (where "every" means books that are no longer protected by copyright).

Music
  • Anathallo's first album Luminous Luminescence in the Atlas Position was out of print and completely impossible to buy for a period in the early 2000s. During this time, the band members would give mp3s of the album to any fan who asked them online.
  • Havalina Rail Co.'s album Russian Lullabies went out of print, and the record label that published it went out of business. When fans clamored for a way to get the album, the band responded by putting it on their website as a free download.

Tabletop Games
  • In August 2009, a Universal System called the D6 system was rereleased as open sourced under the SRD. PDF versions of a couple of books (including the base rules) was then released to the general audience for free.

Video Game
  • Team Fortress 2 was originally a commercial game before it became a Freemium in 2011.
  • Tyrian, originally published in 1995, was rereleased as freeware in 2004 as a gift to everyone else. It can also be found on GOG.com as a freeware product.
  • The original SimCity has been re-released under an open-source licence as "Micropolis".
  • Elite and its sequel Frontier were rereleased as free downloads from Frontier Developments, though some wrangling is needed to get them to run on modern machines.
  • An Untitled Story and its soundtrack were originally sold for money before Matt released them as freeware.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall have been released as freeware on the fifteenth anniversary of The Elder Scrolls series.
  • Grand Theft Auto and its sequel were commercially released games. They are now available for free and ported to Windows.
  • Playstation Plus members get free games that usually have been around for a year or even more than ten years before. Oftentimes the new run breathes life into the online scene. Some larger games that have been offered free include Borderlands2 and LittleBigPlanet 2.
  • In 2009, Epic games released UDK (Unreal Development Kit); an open source version of Unreal Engine 3 for Windows (and later, iOS) platforms. Although anyone selling a UDK based game still has to pay Epic royalties, releasing free UDK based games is...free.
  • In 2004 the former members of Warzone 2100's defunct developer Pumpkin Studios released the game and its source code under the GNU General Public License.
  • The original The Suffering was eventually released for free, with ads embedded.
  • Angry Birds:
    • The original game was originally made commercial on iOS devices. However, when it was ported to Android, the developers decided to make it ad-supported freeware. But only the Android version. The other versions are still commercial. Averted for the games released after the original, as they were available as ad-supported freeware for Android from the start.
    • Angry Birds Rio was originally released on March 22, 2011 at the same price as the other Angry Birds games. However, on January 17, 2013, the game was rereleased for free, initially as part of Apple's "Free App of the Week" promotion.

In-Universe
  • In The Contest Kid and the Big Prize Harvey tries to make a go of a Lemonade & cookie stand but gets in a price war with his own sister. Eventually he just gives his product away, which wins the war. He even retuns the 25 cents he got from his only sale early in the day.
Community Feedback Replies: 61
  • December 22, 2013
    Owen547
    "it's given out as a celebration of some event" <- Would that include, for example, getting a free ipad for being the 100,000 visitor on a website?
  • December 22, 2013
    Bisected8
    That should be Freemium, with an "m", not an "n".
  • December 22, 2013
    Prfnoff
    Removed the Trivia/ namespace, which should only be used for work subpages.
  • December 22, 2013
    MetaFour
    It's not unusual for independent musicians to make an album available for free download after it's been for sale for a while, especially if the album in question is out of print.
    • The Format did this with their album Dog Problems.
    • Havalina Rail Co did it with their album Russian Lullabies.
    • Anathallo's first album Luminous Luminescence in the Atlas Position was out of print and completely impossible to buy for a period in the early 2000s. During this time, the band members would give mp3s of the album to any fan who asked them online.
  • December 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    If you say so, Prfnoff.

    Also, MetaFour, two out of three of your examples violate the new definition of Zero Context Examples (which now states that "a variation is when the trope explains when the trope happened, but not how it happened".)

    This is why the examples I've put down when creating the page is more verbose than usual.

    Yes, this is trivia, but then again, there are efforts to remove Zero Context Examples from everywhere.
  • December 23, 2013
    robinjohnson
    • The original Sim City has been re-released under an open-source licence as "Micropolis".
    • Elite and its sequel Frontier are now available as free downloads from Frontier Developments, though some wrangling is needed to get them to run on modern machines.
  • December 23, 2013
    Diask
    • An Untitled Story and its soundtrack were originally sold for money before Matt released them as freeware.
  • December 23, 2013
    Koveras
  • December 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    @robinjohnson: Examples Are Not Recent. Therefore, I've rewritten it to remove the word "now". Also, I've Namespaced them since they were missing from your post.
  • December 23, 2013
    henke37
  • December 23, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ x 6 @Karjam P: You're pretty brave, telling a moderator that his examples are Zero Context Examples. You did know that he's a moderator, right?
  • December 23, 2013
    MetaFour
    Banned! Banned! Everyone who posted in this ykttw is now banned!

    Anyway, added context to my Havalina example and added it to the OP. I don't know enough about The Format and Dog Problems to add context for it.
  • December 23, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ What happens to the people who hatted it, then? *looks away and whistles innocently*
  • December 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^^^ Even if I did knew, I don't discriminate between others.

    What I would do, though, is to show respect. :P

    And henke37, I am not willing to add Zero Context Examples.
  • December 23, 2013
    Bisected8
    I always knew my typo correcting ways would come back to haunt me. =P

    I can expand on one of Henke's examples;

    • The Unreal series, by Epic games, is a popular line of FPS games in its own right, however it's best known for the Game Engine(s) that power them (which have been used in everything from Action Adventure to Platformers). In 2009, Epic games released the UDK (Unreal Development Kit), which was essentially a completely open source version of Unreal Engine 3 for Windows (and later Apple) platforms. Although anyone selling a UDK based game still has to pay Epic royalties (a one off $99 initial licence fee and 25% of any "UDK related revenue" over $50,000), releasing free UDK based games is...free.
  • December 23, 2013
    henke37
    Hows this for context?
    • Jetpack and GodOfThunder were shareware games, but are now released for free by their authors. Hint books included!
    • Grand Theft Auto and its sequel were commercially released games. They are now available for free and ported to Windows.
  • December 23, 2013
    ZuTheSkunk
    Fixed some of the grammar.
  • December 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    Thanks, Zu.

    I'm still not so sure that they're alright, henke, especially the "Video Game/Jetpack and God Of Thunder" ones, which is supposed to be separate examples unless they're related in some way. (I don't consider them to be related even though they're released by the same company.)

    The Grand Theft Auto one seems alright, even though I'm not sure.

    And Bisected, aren't trope examples supposed to be Concise instead of being a Wall Of Text?
  • December 24, 2013
    randomsurfer
    GiveAwayOfTheDay.com gives free software for one day only; after that it goes back to its regular price.
  • December 24, 2013
    Lakija
    This is my new favorite trope in the world. I'mma download all the still-free games on this list! :D Just wanted to let you know you're doing a good thing with this trope. And Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays! Happy Non-Religious Winter-Themed Festive Seasonal Celebratory Time!

    Also not sure if this counts buuuuut...
    • Playstation Plus members get free games that usually have been around for a year or even more than ten years before. Oftentimes the new run breathes life into the online scene. Some larger games that have been offered free include Video Game/Borderlands2 and Little Big Planet 2.
  • December 25, 2013
    KantonKage
    Not sure if this would count but Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate an expansion pack to Dead or Alive 5 was released for free.
  • December 28, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^^^Forgot to add that variant.

    ^^ Is an example, here. In fact, I could've said that the reason behind it is for "promotion of the games".

    ^Can you please help me by rephrasing that into an actual example? I'm unfamiliar with the work, and would technically be the "how" variant of the Zero Context Example if I would to put everything from "Dead" onwards.
  • December 29, 2013
    Bisected8
    ^^^^ Clear, concise and witty, in that order, technically. But as you wish;

    • In 2009, Epic games released UDK (Unreal Development Kit); an open source version of Unreal Engine 3 for Windows (and later, iOS) platforms. Although anyone selling a UDK based game still has to pay Epic royalties, releasing free UDK based games is...free.
  • January 1, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^Done.
  • January 1, 2014
    NESBoy
    Angry Birds Rio was originally released on March 22, 2011 at the same price as the other Angry Birds games. However, on January 17, 2013, the game was rereleased for free, initially as part of Apple's "Free App of the Week" promotion.
  • January 1, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^Needs more context, as I know for certain that Angry Birds itself is ad-supported freeware on the Android phone.
  • January 11, 2014
    KarjamP
    Bumping this so that it doesn't rot.
  • January 11, 2014
    henke37
    Maybe note that copyright eventually makes everything free? And a little humor in that it's going to take a while.
  • January 11, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^ Copyright law varies from place to place, BTW, so while it would be in public domain in one country, it won't in another.

    Still need to figure out how to phrase it as an example (that is, if you don't do it).
  • January 11, 2014
    tibby_throwaway
    • Recently, MacOS version 10.9, known as Mavericks, became free, whereas previously new versions were paid. You have to have a Mac (or a Hackintosh) to take advantage of this, but still, it's now free and previously was not.

    Perhaps the biggest example is that with limitations on copyrights, every year, new books, movies, and so forth are becoming public domain.
  • January 11, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^Two Words: Project Gutenberg.

    In Universe:
    • Literature: In The Contest Kid and the Big Prize Harvey tries to make a go of a Lemonade & cookie stand but gets in a price war with his sister, who opens a lemonade & cookie stand of her own nearby. Eventually he just gives his product away, which wins the war. He even retuns the 25 cents he got from his only sale early in the day.
  • January 12, 2014
    KarjamP
    Two Words: Project Gutenberg.

    That's technically a Zero Context Example. :P

    Anyway, I'm still not sure how to phrase the part on copyrighted works becoming public domain over time, since different countries have different laws concerning copyright.
  • January 20, 2014
    KarjamP
  • January 20, 2014
    StarSword
    Video Games:
    • In 2004 the former members of Warzone 2100's defunct developer Pumpkin Studios released the game and its source code under the GNU General Public License.
  • January 21, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    Real Life:
    • Project Gutenberg is a volunteer-based organization with the mission of promoting eBooks. People are encouraged to create eBooks of any works that have fallen within the Public Domain for their country. This allows them to distribute "every" book for free (where "every" means books that are no longer protected by copyright).
  • January 23, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^ All of these stuff are in real life, with the exception of the In-Universe category for the obvious reason, so...
  • January 23, 2014
    Folamh3
    • The original The Suffering was eventually released for free, with ads embedded.
  • January 23, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Comic book publishers sometimes reprint the first issue of an "Event" comic as a part of Free Comic Book Day. Ultimate Spider Man, Brightest Day, a Justice League Of America reboot, and Irredeemable come to mind, but I'm sure there were others.
  • January 23, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^ Wiki articles are supposed to be written as if it's one person.

    Therefore, not adding unless either I have figured out how to remove the first person pronoun or you rewrite it.
  • January 24, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ To avoid How To Write An Example - Don't Project Yourself Into the Entry, just delete the last six words from the example before adding it.
  • January 26, 2014
    KarjamP
  • February 2, 2014
    KarjamP
    Another YKTTW Bump.

    I don't want this to die.
  • February 2, 2014
    KarjamP
    If no one wants to work on this, perhaps you guys can add 3 more hats so that this can become an official page?

    (Only do so if you're think the article's ready to launch.)
  • February 6, 2014
    KarjamP
    Almost there.

    (Desperate for hats because nobody's speaking up. :P )
  • February 6, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    Since we have Freeware Games, can we define this trope in a way that excludes computer games?
  • February 6, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Freeware Games could've been always freeware from the start.
  • February 7, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^Yup.

    This trope's about commercial stuff that were rereleased for free at least at one time, not about stuff that's free right from the get go.
  • February 7, 2014
    NESBoy
    My Angry Birds Rio example isn't added yet.
  • February 7, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^Done. I've also removed the Sinkhole you made with the name of the game.
  • February 7, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Newspaper Comics
    • One story arc from Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury has Mike and Kim living well on the success of their "recompiler accelerator" software. That is, until Microsoft releases a recompiler accelerator as a free add-on to their latest release of Windows. Cue a spate of Porsche repos.
  • February 8, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^I'd put this under "In-Universe" instead of Newspaper Comics (since this trivia's about real life examples) if it wasn't for the fact that it's not actually an example.

    Mike and Kim had to own the Microsoft version of the software in order for that to count as an example (since they didn't rerelease their version of it for free.)

    Okay, five hats.

    Does anyone currently have trouble with it?

    If not, I'll see if I can launch this.
  • February 8, 2014
    Koveras
  • February 8, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^ You should read that page first before potholing it. :P

    Oh, c'mon, people, this YKTTW has been slumbering at the bottom of the page for eons now! It already has over 30 replies! Do you realize what a pain in the ass sorting all these examples will be? Just launch this monster already, before it grows even more and starts rampaging across downtown Tokyo!

    A common syndrome among YKTTW entries is when the original poster of the entry for some reason (forgot about it/had no internet/write your own excuse) starts ignoring it without previously declaring it Up For Grabs. In this case, instead of being launched immediately after accumulating a critical example mass and finding a nice name, the YKTTW entry stays in discussion for weeks, repeatedly bumped by people who find it tropeworthy but dare not launch it themselves out of fear to offend the original poster.

    Meaning, I must be stalling maintaining this for a while before you should even pothole that. :P

    I just want to find out if anyone here currently has problems with this trivia.
  • February 8, 2014
    henke37
  • February 8, 2014
    KarjamP
  • February 8, 2014
    randomsurfer
    I suggest you move the In Universe section to the end rather than having it in alphabetical order under "I". Tropes are supposed to have the Real Life section at the end; since this is a mostly real life trivia item it should be the inverse.
  • February 8, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^ Good point.

    Anyway, done.
  • February 8, 2014
    crazysamaritan
  • February 8, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^What do you mean?
  • February 8, 2014
    crazysamaritan
  • February 8, 2014
    KarjamP
    ^ Posts like "Pot Hole vs Blue Link" are too ambiguous to gain context on what you mean.

    And let's carry on with talking about the article itself instead of my incorrect usage of Pot Hole. ^.^'

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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