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Valve Wins Cyber Café Suit

Steam News has word that Valve has won a summary judgment in its Cyber Café copyright infringement lawsuit:

Valve today announced the U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle, WA granted its motion for summary judgment on the matters of Cyber Café Rights and Contractual Limitation of Liability in its copyright infringement suit with Sierra/Vivendi Universal Games. Click here to read the judge's order.

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36. Re: Tough one Nov 30, 2004, 06:30 WebDemon
I kinda have to agree with Hump here. They had no choice in the matter. VU would have raped them in court because if it were even a few dollars cheaper online, VU would have gotten raped at retail. I don't like what Steam COULD become, but I still hold out a little hope that it could be the beginning of the end for publisher control over games. Granted most companies probably can't sustain themselves financially during a long dev cycle without the fat cash of a publisher. The larger ones however can in most cases. With steam, Valve has eliminated the need for the publishers distribution channels and VU knows it and is scared shitless of it. I imagine a great many publishers are looking at "the great Steam experiment" now and thinking "holy shit, we are fucked." If the next game Valve releases sans publisher is much cheaper than it would have been at retail, I'm thinking maybe only 10 or 15 dollars cheaper, then we have witnessed the industry take itself back or at least the first steps toward it. If it remains the same because Valve decides that "these chuckleheads will pay retail for nothing but data. BLING BLING!" then Steam will have become what I fear it may and we'll all be fucked along with the publishers. Only time will tell but so far, I think it's working out rather well considering what it was even a year ago and I gotta say, I like the idea of online distribution.

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