Originally Posted by tompe
Sure, but some people writing in these kind of threads believe that if it is illegal it is ethically wrong.
So here's a sticky situation- a role-playing game company gives a popular sourcebook (which ties into a recent video game release) an incredibly small print run. People come in posting on the publisher's message board, begging for a second printing. About a week later, massively overpriced (think high triple digits for a book with an MSRP of $40) copies start to appear on Amazon.
Smells a little like insider trading on the part of the publisher, right? After all, they could've easily done another printing and made a lot more money, albeit shooting the bottom out from under the scalpers. But for some reason they didn't, much to the collective rage of the fanbase.
So I have a PDF of it, which I intend to use until I can find a copy at MSRP. I'm not holding my breath.
Edit: This company also yanked all its PDFs from publication about six months before the above incident, claiming rampant piracy. Makes me wonder if they weren't actively trying to set up an incident like that.