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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 28
12-30-2010, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by hevach View Post
Yeah, no it can't. That ship sailed something like eighteen years ago with Ultima Online. The complaints commissions weren't on board. The courts weren't on board. The law was not on the consumer's side. And that was before terms of service and end user license agreements were repeatedly tested and upheld in court. Not to mention that was a game averaging upwards of 30 hours of scheduled downtime a week when they weren't updating. STO's on track to make about that this month.
That's american law, 18 years ago is a very long time and laws have changed substantially when it comes to international products and services, general internet media and the like. Hell, less then 6 months ago a US federal court ruled that TOS and EULAs were not binding contracts. Not to mention that for a company to trade internationally, they have to comply with local laws, which means they can be pulled up in other countries for pulling this kinda **** if there was enough cause for investigation.

I can only speak for Australian law, naturally, I dont know the UK, NZ or other countries, but as spineless as the ACCC is for things of actual importance, they'd jump up and down on something like this if it were brought to their attention by enough people.

And of course, that wonderful Free Trade Agreement that regularly sees Australia bending over and lubing up, would actually help in this case since it forces the US courts to make any US companies compliant with Australian law and judicial system.