that agree with this kind of seruptious policy.
Seruptious? That's not a word. That's not even close to a word.
I agree though, something needs to be done about blatant piracy.
Ok. So what do you propose?
If I decide to install this app on another system which I am about to do. due to incessant need to upgrade my fucking hardware and redeploy MS Windows XP Pro to another box from my RIS server running M$.
Care to restate that in English? It made no sense whatsoever.
Valve needs to send us quote:"legal responsible owners" of Half Life 2 a link to a binary that we can download and activate our product offline as we need.
Yeah, because we all know that that stops piracy cold and would only be used by legitimate owners. Uh huh.
Steam is far from perfect, and I disagree with some of Valve's policies in regards to it, but I have no issues with requiring initial validation over the Internet, or with requiring validation before playing online. The offline bits are another matter, and it sounds like Valve didn't do a very good job here.
That said, The Inquirer is hardly a reliable news site, particularly when it comes to legal issues. Some of the points being raised are invalid. Point of First Sale does not apply to software, at least in the US, because you're being given a license to use the software, you're not purchasing it outright (which is another issue I disagree with to a large extent, but the courts have firmly decided on this issue now). Similarly, I doubt that you'd be entitled to a refund in the UK on HL2 anymore than you would be for a MMORPG that you enabled the key on -- because the real value is not the software on the disk, it's the registration code.