if the developers of a game use a crack to crack their own game then i call that irony.
I mean the original crackers had to reverse engineer and violate copyright in order to create a cracked exe in the first place. so a developer then using their that cracked exe in their own product wouldnt technically be violating any laws. kind of like if you watch a thief break into your car and then you go ahead and break into your car just for the heck if it... it might make you look like a goose but its not illegal or immoral
secondly im sure all contracts that GOG have with the software publishers/developers explicitly say that all product must be drm free. knowing this im sure the publishers wouldnt have a problem with the product being cracked by the gog team if they were too lazy to provide drm free versions themselves.
thirdly.. your paying for the right to use the game.. cracked or not.. if you buy it off a store shelf or through gog your still purchasing the legitimate right to use the software and sending money back to the publishers so they can make more games. if you download cracked torrent files your not supporting anyone and potentially risking having the copyright nazis chase you down..
1. Reverse engineering software to create a crack isn't illegal so long as you don't intend to create additional copies of the software to distribute. As most countries give the right to "modify software as much as needed for personal use".
2. The aforementioned modifications belong to the copyright holders regardless of who made them, so the companies are well within their rights to use the cracks.
3. Agreed, downloading the software for free or buying an extra copy someone made is like buying a book that has had it's cover removed (reported unsold and destroyed) from a book store, the people who deserve the money for the product get none while the people who are merely selling it keep the profits.
GoG doesn't modify any game code to make them work the shambles release that is interstate 76 pretty much hammers that point home. All the games here either work already on the supported OS or are helped by readily available emulators or wrappers.
Hmm, I've had a lot of trouble getting some of the games working on my own without a floppy drive....oh wait, do you mean pirated copies?