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Hi everyone,

Long time PSO fan since playing the Gamecube one to death.

I really like the look of Destiny PSOBB but I have concerns about signing up with something like this when private servers are technically illegal.

I was wondering if Destiny is different? Is there something that makes this legal and ok or is it still dependant upon the legal grey-area like all the other private servers do?

Really appreciate your response!

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Private servers are legal in general. The use and distribution of SEGA copyrighted content isn't. Meaning, you could be a 100% legal pso private server if you never hosted any client files and never used any of SEGA content including the use of quests, config files, etc. (Which means goodbye vanilla pso and users would have to grab the client files elsewhere of their own accord.) 

Both the users and the private servers are breaching the digital millenium copyright act by using and sharing SEGA's copyrighted content. That said, in alot of countries (Other than USA), law enforcement doesn't care too much about the downloading of said content, but rather care about those who share the content. Which means, the target of such laws is usually the server owners and never the users. It's also not very efficient to target random users when the company can just target a handful of servers. But these rules are slowly changing towards a more strict approach over time and nobody knows what the future holds 10 years ahead. You are dwelling on a greyline by playing on private servers in the same way you are playing retro games on emulators.

I'll be honest. While it's technically possible for a private server to be 100% legal, I've never actually witnessed a private server that was truly legit. The software is sometimes legal, sometimes not. However, as soon as someone makes their own private servers, they need to host files/data for the players and it's not legal anymore.

Even as far as psobb private server development goes, there's another factor to consider. To actually reverse engineer and add content to PSOBB nowadays, you don't really have a choice but to download and run the game in a non-legal way. This means the developers are also breaching the DMCA regardless of what people think. This can be different for older versions of PSO since the player actually purchased the game, but PSOBB has a EULA/Terms of service that was breached long ago. 

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The way I see it, we could be taken down if sega really wants to, just like any other private server out there. But in reality I don't believe they care much. No current pso server community is large enough to be a significant threat to them.

Maybe if there was a server with thousands of online players at a given time they would consider taking it down. But even then, as mylandra said, action would be taken against the server owners, never against the players. So at most you lose your time invested in your characters. 

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