While many who hoped to take advantage of expanded multiplayer options in Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC might bemoan the lack of its availability on Steam or as a standalone title, the Windows Live rollout puts Microsoft in a strong position to bring new gamers into the fold by making access to a phenomenal title that much easier.
That is either poorly worded or reveals that GTA4 won't be making it to Steam; I'm gonna assume the former.
I'm pretty sure every time the issue of used stuff has appeared in court here in the US, they have decided that a company has no right to control it or profit from it once they've sold it to someone else.
The rulings against restricted licences keep getting struck down on appeal, so the situation is far from clear - the AutoDesk ruling is currently the one everyone is paying attention to. However, I've read developers/publishers stating that if the ruling is upheld they'll simply switch to a subscription service that doesn't require additional payments - it gets around the issue but actually gives end users even less control.
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