Safedisc mini-images [ol]
[li]Allowed - Instructions on how to make a mini-image of a cd that you own provided that it does not involve hex editing.
[/li][li]Not allowed - Posts or links to mini-images (which will be regarded as warez) or instructions for making mini-images where hex editing is required or used as part of the process.
A safedisc mini-image is a partial image of the cd and includes a part of the program recorded on the cd (albeit a very small part). If used for legitimate back-up purposes (i.e. so that the game/app can be played/run by mounting the mini-image whilst the original is put away for safe-keeping), that’s ok.
However, if hex editing is required to make the mini-image, that involves a modification of part of the program without the copyright holder’s permission and that is, of course, illegal.
So far as posting or linking to actual mini-images of safedisc protected games is concerned, that is an absolute no-no. The mini-image contains part of the program and distributing it without the copyright holder’s permission is just as illegal as distributing the entire disc image. As such, posting or linking to a mini-image of a safedisc protected cd will be regarded as warez and treated accordingly (i.e. anyone who does so will be sin-binned at best but more likely banned).
Still thinking about these and may have to consult with spath about technical aspects before making a decision. In the meantime, please do not post or link to starforce mini-images on the forum though I note that instructions for making a starforce mini-image have already been posted.