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UKI ABN E RBN U RNP DNP PCO u f TECH-TORNADO-EIDOSDPR-LEI-GB-ELI-REC-US-WEU-EUROPE-WWW-TDO.L-EID.L-ERTS.O-RGE.L-EMI.L-VA.UL-CPX LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - British digital data distributorTornado Group Plc said on Monday it would take part in digitaldistribution trials for games made by British computer gamesmaker Eidos Plc (LSE: EID). The two companies will work with retailers to protectintellectual property and branding without affecting flexibilityand ease of use for game players, Tornado said in a statement. Eidos, famous for its Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft, is thelatest games software maker Tornado has brought into play as itseeks to take a lead in the downloadable games market. Tornado has recently announced digital distribution trialswith other key games makers such as Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS),Rage Software (LSE: RGE), Midas Interactive and GSP as well as EMI(LSE: EMI) and Virgin 1/8VA.UL 3/8 for downloading music.Rtr 02:47 12-04-00

This is gonna make the pirate community drool. I've been impressed by sophistication of the copy protection on releases over the past year. I am very rough on my cd's so I try to make copies of everything. But recently that hasn't been possible (it might be using tools like clone CD) but it hasn't been worth my time to bother trying.

But I remember years ago when (I was younger and more willing to do bad things) I would check all the bbs's, IRC and newsgroups to see if I could download a game before I would buy it. When games started taking hours even days of download time that activity abated some. With the widening popularity of broadband this business plan will carry I varied amount of risk. For instance offering older titles offer less risk of pirating than newers titles.

This should be interesting and I'll have to try it if it happens.

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