I myself have been thinking about installing many backdoors into my new gamemode as it is custom to be run by me alone, because of this if it gets stolen, i want some insurance against someone stealing it, was thinking about a .dll that is needed for many parts of the gamemode, and if its not on my own gameservers then it deletes system32 / gmod and all copys of itself and reports the IP ect.
actually im quite sure it isnt as its a program not ment for public disclosure. its just like downloading a disk re-writer and running it then sueing the company that made it. none the less, i shall as one of the law teachers at collage as i am here, and probibly get back to you.
just had a talk, apparently all i need to do is put a licence.txt stating that it will do so ect.
Put in a hidden or jumbled set of linked functions that allow a lock-down of the game-mode itself, rather than anything destructive. Have it contact some sort of web-server maybe, or require a file with a password on the hard-drive, and then have redundancy checks to check that the jumbled functions have not been removed.
As for your “1 year+” of “hard work” (darkRP edit, I looked up your posts) I think that regardless of the amount of time anyone puts into something, they don’t have the right to destroy someone else’s property as a punishment.
Considering you are essentially “stealing other’s hard work and profiting off it” by using darkRP as a base rather than coding your own RP game mode from scratch, your opinion from experience is null.
If someone did not specifically make an EULA for their program that stated “this product is provided as-is and the customer is liable for all damages incurred” then yes, you may sue them, but a company that sells a disk re-writer would not forget something like that. As for your “law”:
**750.377a Willful and malicious destruction of property; personalty.
(1) A person who willfully and maliciously destroys or injures the personal property of another person is guilty of a crime as follows:
(d) If the amount of the destruction or injury is less than $200.00, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00 or 3 times the amount of the destruction or injury, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine.