GF??!! Wow, I hadn't heard of that brand in a while. This article by itself may just double their user traffic for the next month. GF has been slow-bleeding for some time. Let's get down to it. Archiving legacy and once-popular sites has been a tradition as long as I can remember. Archivers, even those with altruistic intentions, haven't always exercised the best judgment in securing the permissions or respecting the autonomy of the archivee. The archiver takes on the cost of hosting and delivery of files and has to rely on the mercy of donations from a few because Azura knows it's like trying to pry a penny from Scrooge McDuck to get more than 3% of your base to give any significant amount if you offer something for free. The archiver also however gets the added benefit of additional traffic, users, and resources. In the words of my drug-addicted neighbor who stole my backyard refrigerator for scrap metal "You should be glad I took it off your hands. You weren't using it anyway." He was correct. I didn't want to pay the cost of hauling it for a few bucks so I just left it there. I was more offended at the fact he brazenly took it off my property without my knowing. Side note: I've since got rid of that useless mongrel and got a new dog that bites first and barks questions later.
What am I trying to say here exactly? I'm not saying it's right for whoever you're throwing shade at to take GFs (and by extension those creators) content however if those files are to survive then GF may want to rethink a long-term strategy. Remember what they said about pride in Pulp Fiction. Perhaps entering into revenue-sharing and partnership contracts with other mod sites is a good start. It at least gives allies of GF legal grounds for having the content removed from rogue sites that take content without giving credit. I mean good luck enforcing it in the Big Four countries that love engaging in pirating but in the majority of cases it should work to stop or minimize certain types of leeching behavior. Should GF enter into death kneel mode again (or any site for that matter) people are going to be apprehensive about rescuing files for fear of being called a pirate. Perhaps an independent board of gamers, modders, and professional game industry companies can create a set of guidelines for such situations and/or making source material public domain (or limited use) should one of its members unfortunately go out of business.
Edited by Shadohz, 22 January 2019 - 05:33 PM.