A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA), or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict access to by third parties. It is a contract through which the parties agree not to disclose information covered by the agreement. An NDA creates a confidential relationship between the parties to protect any type of confidential and proprietary information or trade secrets. As such, an NDA protects non-public business information.
Mortal Online Beta Edit
Until late November 2009, The Mortal Online Beta was under NDA, preventing discussion of the beta outside of the official beta forums and IRC. The NDA can be viewed in the login screen, by clicking the "Read NDA" button. Talking about anything passed the login screen was against the NDA.
Below is the "Official Paragraph" regarding the NDA, which all beta testers had to follow:
Official Paragraph Regarding Account-Linked Forums and NDA Edit
If you breach the NDA both the game and forum account will suffer the consequences. As the Beta section will let you discuss the game freely the NDA will stay for yet some time. We are not very fond of the NDA, however a lot of people don't seem to understand the concept of “Beta” or “work in progress”: We as developers work with the servers and chosen areas of the game play and game world in the order we like. We put stuff in that is half-finished and don't necessarily take playability, lore or consistency into account. Neither do we have the resources to write instructions or give support to everyone for all the features we put in or update. We don't want people to think that the Beta is the full game and although most of you of course know about all of this a lot of uninitiated people don't, and therefore we want to minimize the amount of screens and videos published about the game.