I have always understood the point of view of the Community managers. I just don't agree with it. Letting fear win is not a solution, it's a symptom of the sick society in which we live. An example:Looks like a real "Gangsta", right?
In my country, a rapper called Valtonyc was accused and convicted in absentia of the crimes of Exaltation of Terrorism, Threats, and (sic) Injuries to the Crown, using the Anti-Terrorism Act (which was toughened at the time when we were fighting a local terrorist organization called ETA, in a quite similar situation to IRA in Ireland). These are some of the verses for which he has been convicted:"When I say Gora (Hail) ETA in front of a Civil Guard (a military police), that's why they lock you up and not for being a son of a bitch like Urdangarin (the husband of one of the princesses of my country, currently in jail for the crimes of Prevarication, Embezzlement, Influence peddling, Public Administration Fraud and two tax crimes)."
"I want to transmit to the Spanish a message of hope, ETA is a great nation (parodying the King's Christmas speech)."
"I'm not going to shut up anymore, I'm going to fight even if I have to get a gun like Froilan Marichalar (grandson of the king, who as a minor shot himself in the foot during a hunt)."
"We will reach the nut of your neck, you bastard, meeting in the palace of the Bourbon (the bloodline of our Royal House), Kalashnikov."
There are even tougher verses in, threats against the Crown, politics and State Defense Forces, but this guy has no weapons, doesn't know how to use one, and has no personal connection to a terrorist organization, he just express sympathy for it (something I don't agree, but for a long time like in the IRA/Ireland example, it was usual). And this happened SEVERAL years after the terrorist organization surrendered, dismantled, and integrated into national politics to defend its ideas without using violence.
Another example: In my country exists the crime of blasphemy (...), denounced as "Offenses to religious feelings" (Article 525 of Organic Law 10/1995, of November 23, of the Criminal Code).
So, if a Spanish actor known for acts of provocation on social networks like Willy Toledo says something like "Fuck God and the Virgin (Maria)," he's automatically in the crosshair of pressure groups like the "Spanish Christian Lawyers Association". There are very few convictions for this crime, but there are many complaints. Is just an strategy. The purpose? Intimidate people to force self-censoring.
And what's the point of this (sorry) long exposure? That we can self-censor ourselves, or we can express ideas (even those that nobody likes), as long as it can be done under conditions of equality and respect. In terms of what we gain or lose, I think we lose a lot when we lost our honesty or principles for fear.
And as for modifying games subject to copyright, first, most countries consider it a crime when we cause damage or obtain a direct benefit. If that were to change, any story, comic or image made by a fan for fans would be considered illegal. The thing changes when we take profit, like those who put this roms in repro cartridges and sell them for 50 bucks.
Furthermore, even if the purpose of a hack is to modify an original rom, the patch only contains the altered data, i.e. parts that were not written by the original programmers and cannot be subject to copyright.
Note: I will not paint my face blue and shout "FREEDOM! I wouldn't even risk my life to keep my convictions, although I have risked my own safety when I saw someone in real trouble but c'mon, we can take a seat and talk. We can't just have two boxes, for "GOOD" and "BAD" hacks. My "Pablo Kong" hack maybe it be controversial, but it's pretty respectfully. You don't agree? Take a look at this:https://www.hobbyconsolas.com/noticias/puigdekong-juego-android-investidura-puigdemont-187642
It's basically the same as my hack, but developed as an app and anyone could download it from the Google Store, with the current conflict between a part of my country that wants to become independent from the rest. Currently there are politicians in jail for the crime of Sedition.
Sorry for the Joke XD. That's all. See Ya!