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- Sep 7, 2018
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I'm a 30 year old born-in-the-USA American citizen with an SSN. I have paid taxes literally and exactly one single time in my entire life. So for the most part, the IRS doesn't know sheep about where I make my money. And obviously judging by the fact I haven't heard from them, they don't care. They only start caring when the numbers get high enough.Try convincing the IRS, SEC, the Canada Revenue Agency, or any other Tax Collecting Agency that where you made your money isn't important lol.
Pro-Tip kids: paying taxes is optional, don't waste time and energy declaring your income to a bunch of bureaucratic jerks.*
Mushroom Cake let me cut through a whole lot of BS and get straight to the heart of why I am engaging with you right now in spite of our obviously VASTLY different personal ethics, you being a lawyer, and my being an anarchist: you are speaking from a position of expertise/authority and you are giving people outright misinformation. No one is going to get in trouble because they spent money from their RPG Maker banned.url on a free RPG Maker game they're making using resources that are only licensed for non-commerical games. I mean, it could TECHNICALLY happen, but it's slightly less likely than buying a lottery ticket and getting hit by lightning on the same day. I am not okay with the fact that any overcautious person might be stifling their own creativity even fractionally based on your misinformation.
Do you play D&D? I play D&D. This one hyperspecific thing is a micro-example of why I often say there's no such thing as Lawful Good (specifically that LG is less plausible than the trolls and elves and dragons and warlocks). It's a contradiction in terms: law and morality conflict in certain situations, like here. Someone that spends money from their RPG Maker banned.url on a free RPG Maker game w/ "noncommercial only" assets in it is not doing anything wrong even if they're breaking the stupid law. They're not stealing from the licensor**. And your implication that there is any meaningful chance of them getting in trouble for it is a false one.
As for your jurisprudence (no sarcasm: it's a trip even being in an argument where that word can be used correctly, thanks for that) all three of your examples are ones where the defendant is OBVIOUSLY doing something morally & ethically wrong, not something harmless like what I'm discussing. And your third example, at least, is also completely irrelevant. Maybe all of them are but I'll focus on that one.
I'm sorry I double posted. In general I try not to but my various cognitive impairments and mood disorders make it very difficult procedurally for me to express large numbers of complex ideas in one post.
* Obviously, this is horrible advice it's probably much safer for you to pay your taxes, at least if you have $10,000 or more in annual income. Even if my experience is typical and not atypical, which I have no reason to assume, it's still not worth the risk. Don't take me at face value here.
** Just as no licensee would ever assume that non-profit != non-commercial, no licensor would ever assume that non-profit != non-commercial. Except for the one or two percent of them that are also lawyers or had some other bizarre reason to actually read the full text of the license they've chosen to use. 99.88888% of licensors who choose to license their work for non-commercial use only do so because they do not want anyone profiting from their work, and could not care less about the technicalities.
FINAL FINAL FINAL THOUGHT: I realize that you are providing a service here by providing legal advice here, and that the service you are providing here is purely providing legal advice, i.e. moral, ethical, and philosophical considerations are LARGELY irrelevant. But not PURELY irrelevant. I chose to engage because I did not want anyone taking you at your word that they could actually get in any kind of trouble for using commercially licensed assets in a non-profit game, at least not in anything but a purely theoretical sense.