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Post by nascarfan on Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:52 pm

We mustn't allow Steam to come to GNU/Linux

Steam is an online service by Valve Corporation which allows you to purchase and download games that you access by signing in to an account. According to their user agreement, access to games is associated with the account, not the computer. But before you sign up, I urge you to take a look at the subscriber agreement first. You may not like what you find: DRM and several violations of the four freedoms.

As far as I can tell, the software even won't work on my operating system. It only works for Windows and Mac.
You must have an Internet connection to play your games.
People can't offer it in Internet cafes (no commercial usage):"Agreement does not allow you to exploit the Steam Software or any of its parts for any commercial purpose including, but not limited to, use at a Cybercafe"**
You're forced to install Steam's software updates onto your computer.
You're only permitted to use Steam Software how Steam says you can.
You do not own the games you buy:"The Steam Software is licensed, not sold. Your license confers no title or ownership in the Steam Software."
You're not allowed to modify Steam Software.
You are not allowed to re-sell your game.

Steam is a perfect example of how DRM curtails your rights.

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