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LB PSA: Video game strategy guide writers beware!

Filed under: Video Game Walkthrough
Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 11:37 AM
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The video game strategy guide business consists of two models. The first is that of producing original strategy guides and either selling or providing access to the public to those original strategy guides. The second business model, which is illegal, is that of stealing those original works and either selling or providing access to the public to the stolen video game strategy guides without permission from the copyright holders of the guides.

Here at Lunabean.com, we fall into the former category. All LB guides are original works. While we're not as big as IGN, Gamespot, or GameFAQs, we all produce original guides that are protected by our own copyrights.

Lately, we've noticed a surge in the second, illegal, business model. Specifically the version where copyrigted guides are stolen from Lunabean, IGN, Gamespot, and GameFAQs, then sold. We have spotted them on eBay, and on sites like ------

We have worked with Gamespot to shut down various eBay auctions, and we're now considering what legal course of action we should take against various sites that are selling our free material.

What we're asking of you is for you to keep your eyes out for this stolen material. If you ever find a Lunabean™ Game Guide on any site outside of Lunabean.com or LunabeanGuides.com, please contact us, and we will happily reward you with a free LunaPass subscription. Please note, this goes for both our free and pay-only guides.

Finally, if you are a GameFAQs writer and want to know if ------ is hosting and making people pay for your guide, please contact us and we'll have someone investigate for you. They have thousands of GameFAQs guides over there, and we've already confirmed with a number of GameFAQs authors that they don't have permission to use them.

Legitimate guide writers unite!

Update: Due to overwhelming response from GameFAQs authors, we have taken down the name of the site that was selling our guides (and, apparently, yours). While we think what they're doing is really, really bad (and illegal), we have no desire to get in a confrontation with these people. We simply thought people should know that others were profiting off of their work. We are still willing to check the site for stolen guides, but we no longer wish to make the site's name public. The word is out. That's all we wanted.

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