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SirGnomes said:

Hello,

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this but I’m just wondering what the rules are with gifting the Despecialised Editions? My uncle is a Star Wars fan and owns the official release so would it be okay for me to make a copy for him or does he have to obtain it himself?

You can absolutely gift him a copy.

And what about gifting the Despecialised Editions to someone who doesn’t own an official release? I’m guessing you’d have to buy an official release for them to go with the Despecialised Editions to make it legitimate.

Here’s what I’ll say about this…

What do you mean, “legitimate?”

If you mean “legal,” then there’s nothing you can do to “make it legal,” because having a copy of Despecialized or any fan edit or restoration is inherently illegal no matter how you got it or what official version(s) you own.

If you mean “ethical,” that’s up for debate but personally, they’d need to own an official copy.

The “own the source” rule is to protect the project creators, the community, and the site, and doesn’t really have anything to do with legality.

a trolling bantha

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Was this link posted?

It’s a “store” selling it.

Link to website removed by moderator - let’s not give them the publicity they wish for.

(though they were no longer selling Despecialized Editions when I checked earlier - which is good news 😃 )
 

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Link to website removed by moderator - let’s not give them the publicity they wish for.

There is a section on this site called Contact where you can leave a message, thinking we should tell him he shouldn’t do this and ruin it for everyone.

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DVD-BOY said:

I somehow missed this at the time - some very useful info and impressive work, DVD-BOY - nice one 😃

If anyone knows of any other similarly useful links please post them up for inclusion - thank you.
 

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digitalfreaknyc said:

Was this link posted?

It’s a “store” selling it.

Link to website removed by moderator - let’s not give them the publicity they wish for.

(though they were no longer selling Despecialized Editions when I checked earlier - which is good news 😃 )
 

They’re absolutely still selling it. In fact, it’s the ONLY thing that they’re selling.

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digitalfreaknyc said:

digitalfreaknyc said:

Was this link posted?

It’s a “store” selling it.

Link to website removed by moderator - let’s not give them the publicity they wish for.

(though they were no longer selling Despecialized Editions when I checked earlier - which is good news 😃 )
 

They’re absolutely still selling it. In fact, it’s the ONLY thing that they’re selling.

For me there is no Despecialized listed on that site - plenty of other things for sale, like t-shirts and other items of clothing etc.

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Wonder if it’s a region-lock thing in an attempt to stay under the radar of the law in certain countries?

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Buying fan edits or restorations is absolutely not any worse than downloading them for free.

There seems to be a common misconception that if you already bought a legal copy of a work, you are entitled to download other copies for free. This is false. Also, the people who make the fan edit or restoration never had the legal rights to distribute it in the first place since they are not the copyright holder. Even if they edited it from their own personal copy, that does not give them distribution rights.

Selling, on the other hand…

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Whether it’s the same from a legal standpoint or not, it’s not the same ethically at all.

Plus there’s the fact that it’s explicitly against the rules of this website, so I’m not sure what argument you think you’re trying to make here.

a trolling bantha

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ChainsawAsh said:

Whether it’s the same from a legal standpoint or not, it’s not the same ethically at all.

Plus there’s the fact that it’s explicitly against the rules of this website, so I’m not sure what argument you think you’re trying to make here.

How is it not the same ethically? You’re stealing from Lucasfilm either way.

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FTFY

MASTER260 said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Whether it’s the same from a legal standpoint or not, it’s not the same ethically at all.

Plus there’s the fact that it’s explicitly against the rules of this website, so I’m not sure what argument you think you’re trying to make here.

How is it not the same ethically? We’re stealing from Lucasfilm either way.

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MASTER260 said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Whether it’s the same from a legal standpoint or not, it’s not the same ethically at all.

Plus there’s the fact that it’s explicitly against the rules of this website, so I’m not sure what argument you think you’re trying to make here.

How is it not the same ethically? You’re stealing from Lucasfilm either way.

But I’m not giving money to a pirate.

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ChainsawAsh said:

MASTER260 said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Whether it’s the same from a legal standpoint or not, it’s not the same ethically at all.

Plus there’s the fact that it’s explicitly against the rules of this website, so I’m not sure what argument you think you’re trying to make here.

How is it not the same ethically? You’re stealing from Lucasfilm either way.

But I’m not giving money to a pirate.

Touche.