"Let's get a few things out of the way: we didn't post this to get up anyone's *ss or to put magazines out of business."
No, you did it to generate site traffic and make money for Blue's News, as you get revenue from page views, which are directly related to the number of people that visit. Duh.
"Sooner or later, before or shortly after the mag's publication, the file will be uploaded and distributed online."
Substitute "full version ISO" for a demo. Do you link to ISOs? Do you link to warez? Since that demo is only available for purchase as of today, you're linking to warez copies. You better hope amazon.com doesn't take this too seriously.
"The resulting news however, does become our responsibility. "
There's a difference between reporting news and linking to what is essentially warez. You could report its existence, the fact it's supposed to be on a magazine, the fact it's available for sale at amazon.com... but you're hosting it, you're linking to mirrors of it. You are running a warez server, good job.
It'd be like CNN running a story on a child porn ring being broken up and giving out all the URLs so people could download it. There are certain ethics involved with reporting news.
"And for the record, up to the time of this posting we have not been formally requested to pull the mirrors, nor have any of the other sites as far as I know."
Well duh, it's a HOLIDAY. Sheesh, are you this naive? It went up on a Sunday before a four-day weekend. Come Wednesday, you may see action, or maybe the people in charge of these matters took more than a few days off for the new year.
For other comments:
"I totally agree. Thats why im so glad Bluesnews is getting away with this!"
Yeah! I wish they'd link to ISO's too!
"3 cheers for BluesNews for stealing Magazine content! Way to go! Its better for gamers in the long run. No more getting ripped off paying 7.99 for a magazine that is outdated and not accurate."
Yeah! Stealing is cool! Let's put hundreds of people out of work! Let's reduce the amount of coverage games get! Let's further marginalize PC gaming to the point that the major publishers stop making them! Let's steal our games too!