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  02:11:05  29 March 2011
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Don Reba
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Modders' rights

GSC has made explicit its position regarding the legal status of mods, including the use of its resources with others games. You can find the original text under the link below. I am attaching a translation, as well.

http://gsc-game.com/russian/index.php?t=community&s=forums&s_game_type=xr&thm_page=1&thm_id=6798&sec_id=14

Mods (modifications) of a computer game can be made by a person who has legally acquired a licensed copy of the game and exclusively for the purpose of its use on the hardware belonging to the person performing the modification or persons to whom the modification was given on non-commercial basis (such as freely over the Internet).

This means that the person who makes a mod for a computer game can use this modification exclusively on non-commercial basis.

The author of the mod retains authorship and exclusive rights on the mod. However, the resources used for development of the given mod belong to another person. As such, the mod does not wholly belong to the author of the modification, who does not have full control over it (such as for commercial use).

Our company allows non-commercial use of mods for our computer games. If you want to use mods developed for our games (such as from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series) with another game, you have to turn to that game's developers for permission.
  18:40:48  30 March 2011
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kojocel
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Wondering what went wrong "behind curtain" if GSC decided to make it crystal clear / remind modding community what was already known to each and every one of us.

Just my 2 RU.
  19:11:30  30 March 2011
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BobBQ
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I can think of at least one incident here on the English forums.
  19:13:22  30 March 2011
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RoboMook
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Wondering what went wrong "behind curtain" if GSC decided to make it crystal clear / remind modding community what was already known to each and every one of us.

Just my 2 RU.
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Don Reba enquired to help out a Fallout 3 modder, so I guess he's just posting GSC's official lawyer-ified response to avoid any further confusion / complication - see this thread for details:

http://www.gsc-game.com/index.php?t=community&s=forums&s_game_type=gs&thm_page=1&thm_id=1170&sec_id=2
  20:00:53  30 March 2011
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Don Reba
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Wondering what went wrong "behind curtain" if GSC decided to make it crystal clear / remind modding community what was already known to each and every one of us.

Just my 2 RU.
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You are right, there is nothing new here. But the original agreement remains in my ICQ chat history with Anton Bolshakov. It is better to have a public statement from GSC in order to post mods at the Nexus forums and in case GSC decides to change its mind in future.
  11:42:48  28 April 2011
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Derranged
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Are we able to make money off of mods by donations? Not by selling the mod.
  00:34:33  30 April 2011
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Don Reba
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In my understanding, non-commercial use prohibits sale, donations, and ads. The Creative Commons Non-commercial License, for instance, says:

You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3 above in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.
 
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