As everyone reading this probably know, WOTC pulled another public relations disaster yesterday, suddenly yanking all PDFs from sale because they discovered some were being pirated and sued the pirates. What a way to do business, punish paying customers to stop non-paying pirates. Especially when all you've done is force everyone who wants a PDF to pirate instead of pay you. More evidence that "corporate intelligence" is far lower than "military intelligence."
My reaction to this latest bit of "paying customer be damned" from WOTC is simple:
First, I've decided not to buy anything else published by WOTC new. If I really want it, I'll buy it used. That way none of my money ends up in WOTC's corporate pocketbook. In so far as possible, this will also apply to any products put out by a Hasbro-owned company.
Second, I am removing my "do not used pirated PDFs/illegal copies at my gaming table" rule from the "player info sheet" I give new players. I've never played copyright police unless someone was stupid enough to brag about their pirating in front of me, but now I will not even go this far. While I'm not going to pirate stuff myself, I will not longer stand up for copyright owners at my gaming table unless they pay me very large sums of money to play "copyright police" for them. I'm tired of doing it for free only to be stabbed in the back by the "corporate masters." From now on, if they want my help, it's not free -- and I set the price and the terms and conditions, both non-negotiable.