Q: The Skullgirls team has taken a digital product that many people purchased and altered it in very significant ways.

The Skullgirls team has taken a digital product that many people purchased and altered it in very significant ways. They've cut out entire pages from the art book, removed and re-announced voice lines, and drawn over concept art to make it less offensive. The current Skullgirls team, while many of them have ties to the very beginning of the game, is not the same team it was at the beginning. They're missing some of the most important contributors to the Skullgirls brand. They're also literally a completely different company than the original Lab Zero, who is now censoring Lab Zero's products.

if these were physical products. Imagine if you bought a physical art book that you really loved. Ten years later, when the company you bought that art book from is overtaken by another company, that new company comes into your house and demands that you give them the pages of the art book that they deemed offensive.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you purchased a digital product like a game or an art book, the terms of the sale, including any End User License Agreement (EULA), will typically govern what the seller can and cannot do after the purchase. Many digital products come with licenses that allow the company to update or alter the content.

If the Skullgirls team has made changes that you believe diminish the value of the product or violate the agreement at the time of purchase, you may have grounds for a complaint. However, digital content is not treated the same as physical property in the eyes of the law, and companies often retain the right to modify digital products.

If you're considering action, you should review the original purchase agreement and consult with an attorney to discuss potential claims for breach of contract or false advertising, depending on the specifics of the situation and the representations made at the time of purchase. It's also worth voicing your concerns directly to the company, as they may be responsive to customer feedback.

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