Reuters 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 12-04-00This 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.Hep
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