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The Frosty Dr. Apr 25, 2014 @ 12:26am
Copyrighted music
Hi! I'm just asking a question, when it comes to replacing music for a L4D2 addon, eventually adding to workshop, etc etc, how come other people add music from like Skillet as end credits, isn't that going against copyright laws? Or is there something else I need to know about? Or is it just that they cannot post it on L4Dmaps?

I have some great music I was hoping to add as an end credit theme, but now I'm worried it's gonna go against the law and I'd be in trouble.

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Rectus Apr 25, 2014 @ 2:45am 
Making copyrighted content available (unless you can obtain a license), even when it isn't for profit, is very likely illegal. Also note that uploading content to the workshop will make it available in multiple countries through Valves content delivery network, so you could possibly be prosecuted in a different country.

The Workshop agreement also requires you to be the main creator of the content, and that you can grant Valve a commercial license for it.

However, most copyright holders don't have the resources to find or prosecute small non-profit violations, and it's more likely that they just issue a takedown notice if they even care.

I am not a lawyer, and this post does not constitute legal advice. If you are uncertain, contact a lawyer before uploading anything.
The Frosty Dr. Apr 25, 2014 @ 2:48am 
Yes, I see now, but how does this affect others, I've seen Skillet, Doctor Who themes, other themes that follow? Me thinks a lot of those would be copyrighted. Yet they still upload.
Rectus Apr 25, 2014 @ 3:09am 
Most uploaders don't seem to either know or care about copyrights or licenses. Unless copright holders notice it, nothing will likely happen. If Valve starts getting takedown notices, they'll probably start policing it more.
The Frosty Dr. Apr 25, 2014 @ 3:11am 
Oh ok, I care...so I don't think I'll be uploading any music any time soon.
There's been a ton of audio mods for both L4D games for years now that contain copyrighted music and no one seems to care. In fact, more than 90 of the audio mods for the L4D games contain copyrighted material. It's practically a music file sharing service.
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Date Posted: Apr 25, 2014 @ 12:26am
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