r/technology Feb 03 '23

Netflix says strict new password sharing rules were posted in error Business


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u/datgenericname Feb 03 '23 edited Feb 04 '23

Yeah, bullshit.

It’s a common tactic these days with corporations. Run out a real shitty policy or change and then let the public react to it. When they react negatively to it, you then effectively say ‘lol my bad’, then retract it back to a point where the public stops reacting poorly to it, but still gives the corporation something.

WotC did this recently with the OGL for Dungeons and Dragons. They put a ridiculous change into it saying they can claim the money off of anything created for the game, the public got extremely pissed off, and now they retracted it to change that part of the policy.


u/sparky8251 Feb 03 '23

Actually, the OGL thing resulted in WotC walking back fully and even giving ground... They are back to using the license they tried to kill and published the materials the OGL covered under the Creative Commons as well so they can't just pull the rug out from under people in the future again.

Doubt it'll help them recover trust though, but that just shows how far they were pushed by their community. Legit lost ground after trying to pull stupid.


u/MoobyTheGoldenSock Feb 03 '23

Plus, WOTC’s biggest competitor (Paizo) announced they were making their own public license anyone could use, and then put all their books on sale for 25% off (the same royalty WOTC wanted to charge.)

They sold 8 months’ worth of products in 2 weeks.


u/sparky8251 Feb 03 '23

Paizo also promised the license would be owned, overseen, and governed by a 3rd party entity made up of all the WotC competitors in the space so that no one company could ever pull the stunt WotC did again and one day unilaterally change the license terms to benefit them at the exclusion of everyone else.

WotC fucked up real good.


u/Yog-Sothawethome Feb 04 '23

Which makes sense since the people who founded Paizo were former WoTC employees; some of which had a hand in writing OGL 1.0. Hell, I think I read that one of their lawyers was the actual guy who wrote the original text.


u/EnsignCadie Feb 04 '23

The time of the ORC has come.


u/CelticGaelic Feb 04 '23

Fuck I missed that sale!


u/Pianoplunkster Feb 04 '23

Humble bundle has a shitload of the PDFs for $25 if you just want the content.