Lenny just got word today (and passed it to me) that Spirit of the Century got pirated today -- it was posted about on, I think, 4chan? Not a place I frequent.
Clearly, it was done by way of a fan. The files posted were legitimate electronic forms of the game, so they came from some purchase-source in the past, and the file included a character sheet that someone from the fan community had created. And most of SOTC is free already, due to the OGL. So the exposure here's pretty minimal.
The IP that got exposed, here, was the layout I did, the setting material, and Christian's art (plus maybe a couple other things). Normally I wouldn't pay this much mind -- PDFs are really just opportunities to convert to print sales, the way I look at it -- but it's not just Evil Hat's stuff on the line. Our artist retains the rights to the art used in the book (we just got the right to publish those works ourselves), and as such I gotta take action on his behalf. So I dropped a mail to the filehosting site's abuse address asking them to take it down.
I doubt anyone who might read this did this, of course. But I just wanted to put this out there. If you are someone who wants to share our game, we've got a bunch of free and legal ways that won't force me to take action that can be done to share (most) of our game with folks you want to get on board, to learn how it's a cool thing. All of those free and legal forms of SOTC are available on FateRPG.Com
. If you're looking to share, please point people there! We'd love to "meet" 'em.