Bypassing copyright protection and fixes
Applications and files made to bypass a game's copyright protection (ex. No-CD patches/cracks, keygen programs) and/or access normally-locked content, such as DLC, are generally-considered as related to pirated content and subject to all its restrictions as stated above. Note that officially developed or supported patches/applications by the developer/publisher that remove copyright protection do not fall under this definition.
There are a few cases in which unofficial patches/workarounds are fine for fixes and mods; however, some restrictions apply:
- The DLC was never released for PC, but the data is either included in the game anyways (see Prototype 2) or is otherwise-compatible with the PC version of the game (see Burnout Paradise).
- The DLC for PC has stopped being sold or has never been sold on PC due to licensing issues (see Final Fantasy XIII-2).
- The DRM prevents the normal operation of the a legitimately-acquired game, and there are no legal workarounds or fixes of any kind.
In the case of DRM removal, due to it being able to be used on illegitimate copies as well, PCGamingWiki requires certain steps be taken when describing it:
- The fix can only mention that the copy protection needs to be bypassed. Do not give a link to the patch/application. Also, do not give the name of the exact patch/application that needs to be found.
- Denoting the copy protection bypass method type is fine (ex. "A No-CD patch is required to run the game").
- Provided a fix requires the game executable to be de-obfuscated using Steamless, a mention of the tool is acceptable as long as no links or instructions on how to use the tool are included.
- Do not give details on how to install/use the patch/application and how to fix any issues that come up while using said patch/application.
If there is confusion in the validity of a fix that requires bypassing copy protection, contact us via #support on our Discord.
Additionally, PCGamingWiki staff might on rare occasions make an additional exception for older DRM solutions where a bypass can result in an easier user experience to get the game functional on modern systems, although possibly with a loss of functionality. In these cases the tool as well as instructions might be provided, and the exception officially stated on this page. Currently the exception only applies for: