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 News::Bethesda adds their games to list of "banned" documentation
That's right, it came up in direct communication between myself and the Bethesda Softworks Community Manager. Although I think it's a terrible disservice to the community and especially fans of their classic games, it's their right to go to absurd lengths to protect their intellectual property.

In the past Bethesda had contacted me to remove our Morrowind docs on threat of legal action. At the time, Morrowind was a new release, and I could understand their concern. However, they didn't mention anything about the docs we had at the time from the older Elder Scrolls games. So I was under the assumption that they were only concerned with their newest properties that were still being sold. Fair enough.

Lots of people have come here looking for Oblivion docs. I had never posted any because of the Morrowind experience. But I always wondered if they would "release" the Morrowind docs now that Oblivion is their newest title. That seemed to be a reasonable way to approach protecting their currently profitable property while still maintaining interest in their older products. It works for id software apparently, since they have released older versions of their Quake games and engines as free open source downloads. Even Bethesda did something similar when they released the first Elder Scrolls game, Arena, as freeware in 2004.

But apparently Bethesda falls into a different camp regarding manuals. After discussion with their Community Manager, they now want all of their docs removed. And by "all" I don't mean current, I mean everything they have ever produced.

So effective immediately, replacementdocs will no longer be posting ANY docs for ANY of Bethesda Softworks' games.

The worst part is the fact that Arena is freeware, and guess what? They want documentation for Arena removed as well. Does that make any sense at all?! I mean, come on! You're giving away the game for free, but you're "protecting" your rights on the manual? How do you expect people to play the game that you're supposedly giving away for free?

I have always said that I will promptly comply with any requests that copyright holders make, but I never said I would like it or do so quietly without speaking my mind.

This marks the first time that any game publisher has requested that we remove documentation for games that are no longer being sold. As I said, it is well within their rights to demand this as owners of the property. However, I don't think they realize how it amounts to a slap in the face to their fan community.

I think the only hope at this point is to spread the news about this as much as possible and get enough of people angry about it that Bethesda retracts their restriction, at least for the out-of-print games.
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26 Feb 15 : 23:03

Signed up and tried to upload 4.9MB pdf. Got 500 Internal Server Error.
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20 Feb 15 : 12:05

Trying to find the manual for Electronic Arts Might And Magic; Gates To Another World Sega Genesis. Thanks!
...: Anamon :...
14 Feb 15 : 12:20

TheoGeoAes, from experience it can take quite a while for uploads to get approved. It improved a bit lately but there are still pending uploads form many years ago. On the search page, switch to "Search in: Uploads" and you can see whether your uploads are in the system.
...: TheoGeoAes :...
03 Feb 15 : 12:31

I should probably ask: I uploaded a handful of Sega Saturn manuals almost a month ago and they have not been added yet. I can't find the pending uploads page, so I have no real clue if they'll ever be uploaded at all. Everything was scanned according to site protocol. Am I missing something?
...: Draken :...
18 Jan 15 : 04:57

Hi there. I only joined this site today so I'm unsure of protocol.
What I wanted to say was; I have over 200 Xbox 360 games (and 40-odd original Xbox); All but two or three have their original manuals, all in good condition. So if someone's looking for a title for the Xbox360 or the original,there's a good chance I have it. So get in touch and I'll be happy to help you if I can.
...: Areala :...
02 Jan 15 : 19:31

You're both quite welcome. I worked hard to make sure my uploads wouldn't require much tinkering beyond slapping on the logo and running them through the PDF conversion process.
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02 Jan 15 : 07:53

Thanks Superfly and Areala
...: superfly :...
01 Jan 15 : 18:41

Oh wow, those Genesis uploads are from 2008. I shall endeavor to fix this post haste! Excellent quality scans btw, Areala.
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If you want Genesis manuals, Jamos, just have a look at my upload queue...
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