Bowing to pressure from Fantasy Flight Games, the great folks that built A Game of Thrones Online have taken the game down. Apparently one of the concerns is physical game ownership of the players that are playing online:
They did have one interesting requirement, however, which has compelled me to launch a question on the forum (http://www.agotonline.com/forum/_):
All judges and PBeM games 'must be structured in such a way that it is impossible to play without owning a copy of the game.'
I am not sure how we can comply with this request. In reality, there is no way to determine whether a human judge needs a copy of the game since the rules are published on their Web site. Though we heavily encourage ownership of the game and very much want everyone to own a copy, I can't know for sure that every player owns a copy. (Or do we just need one of the five players to own a copy?)
I think this is a bad move by the Fantasy Flight. They run the risk of alienating the very individuals most likely to evangelize their games.