Originally Posted by ProfitCounter
There's a hardware copy protection that has never been fully cracked (aside from some shady groups claiming they have done so) and isn't Steam. It's called CodeMeter.
1 - This essentially says it's Valve's, not yours, and implies that it can be taken away when they feel like it.
2 - Every mod you make is effectively no longer yours.
3 - So you can't sue Valve for user generated content or mods in general regardless of whether or not you violated the TOS. So if you have mods published on Steam and if someone rips your mods off and puts them on Steam, and Valve allows it, you can't sue.
4 - It's spelled out so clearly that I can't improve on it.
1) That implies nothing of the sort. When you purchase ANY computer game with DRM, you are purchasing a license. That paragraph is a standard boiler-plate PC game licensing agreement. Unless you only torrent games or buy games from GOG or Humble Bundle, you have agreed to that same paragraph time and time again.
2) Once again, that is a standard agreement. Guess what other companies make you sign agreements like that? Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
3) Honestly, what kind of twisted perspective are you coming from to form a conclusion like that? That section isn't even remotely close to talking about taking ownership of everything posted on Valve's servers regardless of who uploaded it. In fact, in the Greenlight program, there were people who posted games on there for approval that they themselves had no part in making, and guess what happened to them.
4) Oh please, you're complaining about mediation instead of having to hire a lawyer and going through months of legal proceedings? You know as well as everyone who has followed this thread so far that you were implying you had zero legal recourse in case you had to come up against Steam. Mediation is a friend to the little man (end users), since it allows for conflicts to be resolved by an impartial third party (like a jury or judge) without dragging everything through the idiotically complex court system.
You really have an irrational hatred of Steam at a molecular level, don't you?