Hi, I am wondering if sharing .manifests files is illegal? They are only files to verify depots, but they might be copyrighted or something.
Technically illegal (They're created and therefore implicitly covered by Valve copyright), but pretty sure no one would care as long as it's only manifests of released games.
Hey mate, you don't happen to have a source for for that copyright statement? I'm also curious as to whether Valve could legally claim copyright over the content inside .manifest files since it could contain information belonging to publishers/developers (trademarked game titles or whatever)
It depends on if you consider the file an original work by Valve (all original works in the US are implicitly copyrighted upon their creation) or just a collection of metadata, which might not be copyrighted. http://law.stackexchange.com/questions/762/is-it-always-permissible-to-republish-the-metadata-of-a-website
The question is - do you want assurance that what you're doing is 100% legal, or do you just want to know that no one will come after you for sharing those files? For the former, you definitely should hire a lawyer. For the latter, I'm pretty sure Valve won't care, since they are allowing sites like steamdb and steamspy to exist.
It's more for a project like steamdb, not for business or commercial use. So I think we should be fine.
Well, I had always assumed Valve wouldn't care. I was more just curious on the topic to be honest. I'd also say that a .manifest is certainly a collection of metadata based on that link you supplied. Thanks for the reply! very helpful
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