I bought Breed recently, thinking it had some Safedisc or Securom protection, which meant it could be backed up, with patience. Turned out it had Starforce 3, making the game (as I know it) impossible to backup with current knowledge (AFAIK) and no cracks.
I took it back to the shop, and told the assistant “I’m returning this game because its protected by an absurd copy protection scheme which makes it impossible to back up, and I am within my rights to make a back up for archival/personal purposes…”
The assistant looks at me oddly for a while, and says “Please wait while I go talk to the manager about this…” Obviously he’s more used to your everyday reason like “It doesn’t work” or something.
I ask “Why?” and the assistant looks at me as though I was about to rob the store, then says “Oh, its standard procedure to do that when a customer wants to return something.” What a load of BS.
Note that this is Virgin Megastores, and I have never heard from my friends nor experienced for myself before them asking the manager if a customer can return something. In fact their store policy (in a big sign right behind the cash register) clearly states that customers are allowed a week to return goods which they are unsatisfied with, no quibbles.
So I wait. I’m 100% within my rights so I’m not worried. Eventually the store assistant comes back and accepts the return, giving me my money back. I hope the store manager took note of this and somehow the software makers hear that copy protections which limit their market by either:
- Making discs so non-standard with their protection schemes that some drives don’t take them and some customers can’t buy them;
- Piss their potential customers off by infringing on their archival/back up rights
Will mean less people buy their products.