We are Fighting for the Right To Preserve Online Games, AMA
We are fighting for the right to preserve MMOs for future generations! We're a non-profit video game museum in Oakland, and a group of lawyers from UC Berkeley who have banded together to push for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow institutions, libraries, and museums to rehost dead MMOs internally for preservation purposes.
We've already brought back the first virtual world: Habitat. The NeoHabitat Project is online now, and playable via C64 (or emulator). We'd like to be able to work on preserving more MMOs from the past so that future generations will have a history to learn from, rather than just pictures in books.
We're here to answer your questions about copyright law, video game preservation, and how you can help us ensure our video game heritage is not lost to the ash heaps of history.
How You Can Help (This space will evolve as the AMA goes on)
We will be briefing the Librarian of Congress, petitioning for this exemption at two times: The big one is at 10 AM April 23, 2018, at the UCLA School of Law, Room 1314, and we invite everyone to come support us in the audience (Space will be super limited, first come first serve). A smaller briefing will take place at 11 AM Friday, April 13, in Washington DC, at the James Madison Memorial Building, in the Mumford Room.
Anyone wishing to attend, we ask you to be respectful and basically silent in the room. Having lots of people there to show support could be very helpful, so let's see if we can pack the room and build a huge line to show how important this issue is to us all!
We will be here all day answering questions, but some may be slow due to them coming from a quorum of lawyers.
What is the MADE The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment The world's only all-playable video game museum, the MADE hosts playable exhibits across 30+ systems and over 5000 games. The MADE also hosts free classes to teach kids how to program, events for members of the industry, and meetups for games enthusiasts. On Friday, for example, we have a Smash Bros. Melee tournament at 5 PM, and free programming classes on Saturdays at 10 AM. There's always something going on, so come visit us in Oakland, CA!
Who is AMA'ing
Alex Handy - Founder and Director of the MADE, former editor of Computer Gaming World and Game Developer Magazine - Reddit username vonguard.
Rob Walker– Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley - Reddit username transformative_use2.
EDIT 6 PM PT Baseball game calls, but moreanswers will be provided after the game's over in a few hours. We'll try to answer ALL questions eventually. Go A's!
EDIT 11 PM-ish PT Back from the game, think I got all the questions that backed up since it started. A's lost... Drinking to relieve the pain. Keep em coming for the next hour or so, then I'll pick up the stragglers in the morning. Aiming for answering 100%.
Edit 2 PM-ish, Following Day Wow, that was a marathon! Think we're done, now. If you have questions, this fellow has an excellent summary of exactly what we're up to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-gN-pvdaaU