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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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  • Sacramento, CA

A: The situation you're describing with the Skullgirls digital product raises complex issues in digital content and consumer rights. In the digital realm, the rights and expectations can be significantly different from those associated with physical products. The End User License Agreement (EULA) or terms of service typically govern these situations and may grant the company considerable discretion to alter the content.

If you feel that your rights as a consumer have been violated by these changes, the first step is to review the EULA or any terms of service you agreed to when purchasing the product. This will help determine what rights you have in relation to the digital content and whether the company's actions might constitute a breach of contract or other legal violation.

Considering the unique aspects of digital products, consulting with an attorney experienced in consumer law, particularly in digital and online products, is advisable. They can assist in assessing the legality of the alterations made and guide you on potential courses of action, including filing a claim if appropriate.

Be aware that digital content laws are still evolving, and cases like these can set precedents. Therefore, navigating them can be challenging, making professional legal advice crucial in understanding and asserting your rights.

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