I bought a new game recently. It is called Dragon's Dogma. I recently found out that there is content on my disc, that is locked. I have checked google and came up with nothing but arguments and theories, no actual definitive answer. So, I thought I would ask here.
Is it legal to sell a product and keep part of it locked, so that they can charge me later to unlock the content.
Don't I own the disc its on? Don't I own the content on the disc? Its not downloaded content, its already on the disc, its just locked. Buying the 'key' for X amount of $ unlocks it, but, is it legal for a company to do this?
The best analogy I heard was. Its like buying land and a house. You go check out the land, and home, its all good, so, you buy it. Only to find out later the house is locked. You call the person you bought it from, and they say the key was not included in the purchase, and you have to buy the key to the house seperately. Does that makes sense?
I did find something along the lines of this - Copyright laws. The copyright holder has the right to determine what content you get access to. If you try to circumvent the protections on that content, you're committing a felony under 17 USC 1201(a)(1)(A).
I'm not sure if that covers this, or if its under intellectual property, or what. So, I thought I'd come to the place that is far, far more knowledgable then myself, and hope you guys can find an answer, regardless of my like of said answer.