@Dark0ne said in Radio station mods, copyrighted music and moderation:
@dionys19 said in Radio station mods, copyrighted music and moderation:
But I'm allowed as long as I don't start making money with it.
That's untrue, unfortunately. Money has absolutely no bearing on this issue. It's copyright infringement whether you sell the mod/make money off of it or not.
To be fair he was talking about his own mods, which are exclusively alterations of copyrighted character models, but I especially may have contributed to a misunderstanding of the issue, for some of the users who don't speak perfect English.
It's notable that the issue is not with personal mods, and in this sense should not be that difficult to understand. Someone mentioned that you can already put your own music in the game. That's right, you can - if you have it. The fact that you can pack it into an RPF file demonstrates that the files themselves can be easily altered. Saying "I should be able to put my own music (from my iPhone) into the game." Is not the same as saying "I should be able to put my own music (from my iPhone) into somebody else's game." One is personal use, the other is a distribution platform. There is no guarantee that the music you've (bought... presumably - who are we kidding - and) collected is already held by any one of the anonymous users you've distributed it to, let alone all of them; who have the capacity, just as you do, to do whatever they want with it.... Like...convert the RPF into an MP3 and keep it on their iPhone forever...
I talked about the uploading of playlists to YouTube as hypothetically "more" ethical solution because it generates some revenue, but when you remove it from that sphere, of YouTube, you've taken their ability to control the content - that is theirs, btw - away. @HarleyQuinnSquad keeps mentioning YouTube, but YouTube's policies regarding music, of taking them down, blocking them, or demonetizing them based on what the license holder wants is a compromise. Since they can't take every little infraction to court they instead ensure the content is regulated automatically. When it stays up they don't just "demonetize" your video, they take the money it would generate, even if you were savvy enough not to monetize it to begin with. However, they can't force a commercial to play every time someone uses your radio mod, so that kind of automation is not available to them, even if they'd choose to use it, and the ones who have have chosen. So because 5-mods doesn't have the kind of pull, or resources, money, or clout as YouTube (FUCKING GOOGLE), if you're saying to yourself right now "If they can't police every little infraction then we can post whatever we want" you're missing that if 5-mods doesn't demonstrate an effort to curb illegal content then they are liable. The jackboots may or may not come after you, but they will come after the site, and those like it, and then there'd be no halfway legitimate place to find mods, small or large. More than ever you'd be risking a virus with every download. I know this is a borderline controversial stance, because it sucks either way, but the whole community should not be penalized because some users have liberal feelings about copyrights. As I've said, the moderators and site owners have no choice.
The idea that this kills creativity is honestly a little silly too, nothing is stopping any one of you from posting your idea as a hypothetical playlist on the boards, that any halfway decent Open IV user could assemble themselves with a tutorial, and links to the right free (open source) software. You could even call it exactly what it is, just so long as you aren't providing them with the means to illegally download the music. You simply assume they have it (or can get it - legally) and that they'll put it together themselves, like a DIY project.... you know... for personal use.