Actually, yes they can. The plot guide was made publicly available in that format for years. Additionally, under terms of fair use, others are allowed to use it for scholarly pursuits since the purpose of it is nonprofit and educational. Additionally, the continued hosting of it in no way impacts your ability to profit from the content of the plot guide because it is impossible for you to do so since the plot guide is otherwise made of material copyright by Capcom.
That little lesson on copyright law aside, I find it hilarious you continue to pitch a fit, Vasili. Hilarious and sad. This really goes to show your character. You’re not interested in the plot guide continuing, nor are you interested in other people having access to information regarding Street Fighter and it’s canon. Apparently it really was always all about you and the attention you derived from being the plot guide’s caretaker. I’d say I’m surprised, but I’m really not. I know other people had a good relationship with you before and this probably sucks for them now, but all I can do is shake my head and roll my eyes over this behavior.
Clearly you’d rather see the plot guide and the information within die out rather than not have absolute control over it. Typical dictator behavior. “If I can’t have it, no one can” right? You’ve been repeatedly invited to continue to take part in the plot guide so that we can all work together, but obviously that’s not good enough. And I know I’m probably going to catch flak for this post but I don’t care…I spent nearly three years getting dumped on for trying to help the plot guide and contribute to it and add to it only to be repeatedly shot down by you and people that (mistakenly) trusted you. And you know what? That sucked. Still, I kept at it because I genuinely wanted to research Street Fighter and help…to discuss it and discover. Now this is how you act? Unbelievable.
You’re defining your legacy in regard to the plot guide you know.
Vasili, the guy that misrepresented stuff and got caught lying, pitched a fit and then tried his hardest to kill the plot guide rather than see it not contain his falsehoods.
Your alternative? Man up. Show you actually love Street Fighter and that the plot guide can be about more than you. Stop stamping your foot like a child and either bow out or accept the invitation to work with others. Anything else (or at least what you’ve already been doing) is not only counter-productive, it’s pathetic.
And my apologies to those that I know will (probably rightfully) give me hell for this post but I think I’ve earned an ounce of righteous indignation over the course of the last few years in regards to all this stuff. I know that might not justify it, but it’s where I’m coming from right, wrong or indifferent. It’s on my chest and I gotta get it off.