I am on the road this weekend, but I wanted to link to two brief interviews with Greg Leeds, president of “Wizards of the Coast” regarding the removal of all WTOC PDF files from rpgnow.com and Paizo.com.
I have already made my displeasure clear on this issue, but one line nearly reduced me to tears of laughter. I quote from the Enworld interview, “We hope to deter future offenders – or at least slow down their path to obtaining illegal products.”
By what? Maybe eight hours? A high-speed feeder, decent scanner and some OCR software and your average pirate might spend a day putting together a pirated PDF. Two days if he added an index or hyperlinks. A quick, non-OCR job might take an hour.
After reading the interview I understand less about WOTC’s reasoning than when I started. I hope more information is forthcoming soon.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer