Starting Sunday DRM cracking for Internet-based games will be legal. Abandoned games that require an internet connection to the developer can now be preserved by third-parties. This is another exception that has been made in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Abandoned games that did not need an internet connection are already an exception to this act. This will allow players to continue playing the game when the developer has stopped providing support. But not everyone can crack the game. Only institutes that have gained the copy of the game’s server code legally can do this. These institutes will also need the local client code.
If you were thinking that it was alright to download and crack games and then upload it to the internet for other people to play then that is not the case. That is still illegal and will be for the foreseeable future. The idea behind all this is that preserving games that have been abandoned by the developer, meaning that they no longer are supported, is now considered fair use.
There are plenty of Internet-based games that people enjoy playing but these do not get official support from developers. So this is a great way of preserving such games. This seems like a great initiative but I can see cases where developers are not going to be too happy about third-parties cracking their games.
Some developers can take advantage of all the help they get from third-parties if they ever want to remake the game. Reviving older titles can be pretty hard but such an option will make things better. The code can also be used to bring these older games to new consoles and platforms. Keeping in mind that this will become fair use soon we will see how developers and fans react to this new rule concerning internet-based games.