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Deuxhero

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#1 9 years ago

Would it be legal to take models from my KotOR install and convert them for The Sith Lords (so I could play as Jolee for instance) WITHOUT distributing the results beyond myself? 2.is it possible?




Zipacna

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#2 9 years ago

Hey, anything's possible :naughty: :lol: Nah, illegal, therefore any further asking is futile. You will now be assimilated. :assimilate:


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undedavenger

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#3 9 years ago

I would say you are free to do whatever you want with the games you have paid for. Distributing it would probably be illegal, but if you just do it for yourself, wh's gonna know about it?




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#4 9 years ago

Regardless, discussions about this isn't allowed either. ;)


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#5 9 years ago

I was under the impression that doing such a thing was legal, as long as it was distributed only for a LucasArts game.




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#6 9 years ago

Unfortunately the LucasArts modding policies disagree.

"undeadavenger"I would say you are free to do whatever you want with the games you have paid for. Distributing it would probably be illegal, but if you just do it for yourself, wh's gonna know about it?

The same could be said about stealing a car. I mean, you paid for the hotwiring tools, you're free to do whatever you want with them, right? So long as you don't distribute any stolen Audis, where's the harm?

I call flawed logic.

The mistake is in thinking that you actually own a game. You never do. Y'see, you're not purchasing the software - hell, that'd be a multi-million dollar transaction. You're just licensing it for use. That's why it comes with a nice little license agreement (and yes, violating one of those is technically a legal matter, firstly on account of the fact it's a breach of contract and secondly because it's actually very difficult to violate a license agreement without breaking at least one law).

You really have no legal rights to do anything with the software or any of it's components. You're lucky that modding is allowed by companies in the first place, to be honest. Might wanna give them a little respect for not busting modder's asses and prevent editing of their games, they sure have the ability and right to do so if they please (and heaven knows developers have all been screwed over by the ungrateful public so many times that it's a miracle they don't).

Being able to mod games isn't a right that you have, it's just a privilege you're given by the developers, and all they want in return is a tiny little bit of respect. Just a shame most people lap up the privileges and still shit all over the devs.

It ain't like the good old days any more, where modders were almost always a decent kinda guy/gal. Then again modding isn't as idiot-proof; these days most "modders" don't have a clue what really goes into game development, which might explain why they have no respect for (or reluctance to backstab) those who do.

There's actually no incentives at all for developers to support their communities the way they do. Honestly, if they stopped bothering all together, they wouldn't deserve a single bit of blame for doing so. "Do unto others...."

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undedavenger

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#7 9 years ago

Mikouen, sorry, but your comparison is off. You would own the car, not the tools. You can;t steal your own car, can you? And the game IS yours, to do with as you please in your own home. I'm not sure how it is in other places, but here in America, if you buy something, it's yours. You have purchased a copy of the software. If you buy a COPY of a book, can they throw a fit if you rip some pages out and glue in some from another book? Nope. I own both games and can do as I please with them, so long as I do not commit piracy or copyright infringement. Porting from one game to another is NOT illegal, if you own both games and do not distribute. I've been involved in such a case before, and the judge threw it out in about three seconds flat.