Ethics of Modding - Releasing a mod of other peoples work -1 reply

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Spike1942

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#1 11 years ago

Hi:

On my installation of KOTOR, I've created a 'mod' by taking bits from other people's mods and rearranging things.

Basically it's a weapons mod that changes the models of some of the standard KOTOR weapons (Blaster Pistol, Heavy Blaster, Blaster Carbine, Blaster Rifle, Light Repeating Blaster, Disruptor Pistol) into models created by other modders for their own custom 'god' weapons.

I didn't want 'god' weapons but I did like the new models, so I used them to replace standard KOTOR weapons.

Question: Is it OK to release this mod on KOTORFiles, if I give credit to the model creators and links to their original mods?

Thanks




dinosaurJR

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#2 11 years ago

This is a can of worms, to be perfectly honest mate - a big nasty can of worms...

Best to attempt to get permission from each person whose work you're planning on releasing in your compilation mod...

Then if they say yes, go for it! Of they say no, too bad...

If they dont answer, then it can get complex...

If, in the readme file (for each mod you plan on including in your own compilation) it states you can use the mods created by them in your own mods, with credit going to them - then just credit the work as being there's in the readme file of your compilation mod. If no such permission is given, then its a bit difficult - I know the JKA community has had issues with this, as has the ST:A2 community... Also, I know for a fact that any FF site wont host your mod if they think that it has others work in it, but is uncredited...

So - to clarify;

1 - Try to get permission, if it is expressly given, go for it, if it is explicitly forbidden, too bad...

2 - Check the readme file for each mod you wish to add to your compilation. If reproduction / re releasing as part of a new mod is explicitly allowed, then just credit the author of the work in your readme, and release!

3 - If this permission is not explicitly given, try to get in contact with the author - if they are not answering you (try a couple of times) then the choice is yours - either add the mod to the compilation and credit the author, stating clearly in the readme that you tried to gain their permission, but they didn't answer, or dont use the content...

But remember - NEVER release someone elses work in you own mod without at least crediting them for their work.

Hope that helps?




Spike1942

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#3 11 years ago

Very helpful - thanks!