Game Service Gog Starts Selling Movies Without Copyright Protection

The Space Invaders is one of

Gog.com, which has been selling games from major publishers on its site without copyright protection, is now looking to do the same with movies.

The service has started offering 20 documentaries, mostly focused on games and geek culture, with each film priced at $5.99. Titles offered include “Rewind This,” about video rental stores; “The Space Invaders: The Search of Lost Time,” about the arcade biz; and “Indie Game: The Movie,” which has played the festival circuit.

“Art of Playing” and “TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard” are being offered for free.

The films don’t feature digital rights management software used to thwart piracy, meaning that once purchased and downloaded, the titles are playable on most digital devices.

Gog is now looking to expand that library and build it out with TV shows and older classic films from the major studios.

“The beauty of the DRM-free model is, that once you buy the content, you can download it and you use it as you see fit,” said Gog founder Marcin Iwinski. “You don’t need to authenticate it anywhere or use a special player. This is as simple as it gets and we think film buffs are going to love it.”

Whether studios will sign on to support the service is another matter. While talks are taking place, none have yet to provide Gog with any of their titles.

But what may help pursuade them are the kinds of companies Gog has been able to convince to provide it with access to games.

That includes select titles in Electronic Arts’ “Sim City” franchise, BioWare’s “Baldur’s Gate” and Larian Studios’ “Divinity: Original Sin.” Most are older games which publishers believe can mint a few more dollars from services like Gog, as most titles are priced between $6 to $40. The entire “Divinity” series is selling for $127.

“With over 200 partners including major gaming publishers such as Activision, EA and Ubisoft and over 700 games in our catalogue, we proved, that the DRM-free model can be both profitable for our partners, while being the most user friendly,” Iwinski said.

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  1. The title and implication of this article is WRONG. GOG is NOT selling “movies without copyright protection”. If the movie is protected by copyright, it means that GOG has acquired the right to distribute the movie without COPY PROTECTION, which is different from COPYRIGHT PROTECTION. Copyright protection comes from the law and allows you to sue others for copying without permission. Copy protection comes from whether your have digital rights management installed that precludes buyers from making backup copies. Selling a digital copy of a copyrighted movie to which you do not own the rights to redistribute is illegal. Distributing a digital copy of a copyrighted movie to which you have legally acquired the rights to redistribute is PERFECTLY legal. There is a difference!

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