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Well, it's a start
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Come on Silent Death Online!!!
    
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Added protection for my purchases? Yes please. The feds did something useful for once.
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I wonder how this will apply to console games.
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Hellgate: London?! ....probably not.
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Hellgate: London?! ....probably not.

I thought you could already play the Single Player aspect of Hellgate: London without the servers?
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I thought you could already play the Single Player aspect of Hellgate: London without the servers?

Boy, it's been a while, but I swear the game was completely dead. A quick Google search shows somebody made a custom patch to make single work. Kinda forgot about that game until I saw this topic!
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I kinda think IP's that are abandoned like hellgate london should have their copyright expire in a fairly short period of time.
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I kinda think IP's that are abandoned like hellgate london should have their copyright expire in a fairly short period of time.


The problem being there are many "abandoned" IPs, but not all of them are "officially" abandoned. They're just languishing in development hell.
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This is incredibly surprising to hear, especially if it was passed by congress. I don't usually expect such progressive and logical decisions to be made by governments concerning technology and intellectual property but this is a good start.

FWIW, not really a progressive idea. It's the Library of Congress and they're apolitical. They take their history seriously. That includes gaming. History to them is a fairly encompassing term as well.

I'm not surprised that they did this... I'm surprised they didn't do more. IIRC, Smithsonian also has interest in this.
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