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:tophat: Aug 23 @ 3:30am
Music?
One question was bothering me: Music? Since the game I'm making has music from 1930's is it legal to have it or I need some kind of permissions?
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C0untzer0 Aug 23 @ 3:32am 
Have you ever heard of a thing called "Copyright"?
:tophat: Aug 23 @ 3:49am 
You won't believe me, but I did, that's why I'm asking.
Radios can buy permissions to play any music they like, so I want to know if steam does have anything like that
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C0untzer0 Aug 23 @ 3:52am 
I think that you should concentrate on your own legal issues, rather than those of a large multinational company.
Gorlom[Swe] Aug 23 @ 4:12am 
Originally posted by :tophat::
You won't believe me, but I did, that's why I'm asking.
Radios can buy permissions to play any music they like, so I want to know if steam does have anything like that
Steam has anything like what? Responsibility to not distribute copyrighted material? A shop for copyrighted music? 3 mice that can perform circus tricks? Copyright regulatiions? A radio? Your question is exceptionally vague. I suspect the answer is along the lines of "no, but everything still applies to you from outside of Steam." regardless fo what the actual question is.

If you want to buy a licence to use copyrighted music you need to talk to and make a deal with whoever owns that music. There is no point of benefit to involve Valve in that. I do not Belive Valve would WANT to be involved in anything like that.


Also for future reference: asking legal advice from people on the internet is a BAD IDEA! duncecap sitting in the corner bad idea. We do not know where you are from or what regulations applies in your region. The people answering comes from all over the world and most likely does not have the specialist knowledge required to answer your question.
What you wnat to do is to ask a legal expert: a lawyer. Preferebly one that specialises in the relevant field which in this case is copyright.
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:tophat: Aug 23 @ 4:21am 
Gorlom[Swe], harsh but useful, thanks bro!
:tophat: Aug 23 @ 4:37am 
On the other hand, maybe someone knows websites where I could get uncopyrighted OLD music? I also heard that some of it is legal if it's old enough or something. Checking out http://publicdomain4u.com/ at the moment
C0untzer0 Aug 23 @ 4:49am 
"Old enough" in most cases means 50-75 years from the death of the artist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries%27_copyright_lengths Even then it gets more complex as individual recordings have different cut-off dates. It's really best to check each piece individually or use PD works.
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:tophat: Aug 23 @ 5:10am 
Cool, thanks
Qon Aug 25 @ 10:14am 
Look for CC (Creative Commons) works. Then you won't have to kill an artist and wait 70 years until you can use it's works. You are free to use CC-BY music in your game without paying anything and without even asking for permission. Just give credit.
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