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Porting update - Valve

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New changes to use of Vale IP.

After our meeting with Valve a few weeks ago and subsequent discussions amongst the mod team we have decided to make substantial changes to our current porting rules concerning the use of Valve's intellectual property (IP) and assets.

As of today users will be able to upload files that uses Valve content in non-Valve titles (for example: a mod that allows you to play as Gordon Freeman in GTA:V), provided it meets the following criteria: 

1. Non-Profit - Users may not sell, monetise, or otherwise profit from the use of Valve's assets or any submission containing derivatives of Valve IP. 

2. Credits - it is important to respect copyright, when using Valve's assets in your submissions you must clearly state so and give Valve appropriate credit for any items used.

3. Non-defamatory - Valve works hard to maintain its reputation amongst gamers, you are not allowed to use Valve assets in anything that may damage their brand, or negatively affect their company. 

4. Discretion & Ownership - Valve owns all rights to their content and content produced on their engines. They may, at their discretion request any item to be removed, at any time, with or without reason. GameBanana and it's network sites must respond to their requests promptly and take reasonable steps to pro-actively remove any content that does not conform to the terms above.

Please note - This is an informal agreement between GameBanana and Valve employee's, it does not offer any form of legal protection, or allow you to use Valve assets on other websites or services. This agreement may be subject to change at any point.

TL;DR - You can now upload content that uses Valve assets in non-Valve titles, as long as you provide proper credits, do not profit and do not damage Valve's reputation. This is an informal agreement between us and Valve and does not cover uploading said content to any other sites or services.

For further information you can view our full porting policy and companies listed on our whitelist here.
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    > **Posted by Jonny-higgins** > > > **Posted by Cybermax** > > > > > **Posted by Jonny-higgins** > > > > > > > **Posted by Cybermax** > > > > > > > > Whether mandatory requirement to provide source files for the model that I upload to this site? Where I can read about it? > > > > > > I'm not sure what you mean mate, can you explain a bit better? > > > > > > Please read this and you'll understand what I'm talking about. > > http://forums.svencoop.com/showthread.php/42452-Human-Sergeant-s-minigun > > > > > > p.s. I apologize for my terrible English. > > I'm still not sure what licence he is on about. As long as you give credit to Valve for the original idea, and you made the model yourself you will be fine to upload it. When we spoke to Valve they were pretty laid back about people using their assets and artwork as long as its done non-commercially. Thanks for the answer. I hold some of the same opinion on this issue. At first I did not want to pay attention to his message, and then wondered to myself.
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    > **Posted by Cybermax** > > > **Posted by Jonny-higgins** > > > > > **Posted by Cybermax** > > > > > > Whether mandatory requirement to provide source files for the model that I upload to this site? Where I can read about it? > > > > I'm not sure what you mean mate, can you explain a bit better? > > > Please read this and you'll understand what I'm talking about. > http://forums.svencoop.com/showthread.php/42452-Human-Sergeant-s-minigun > > > p.s. I apologize for my terrible English. I'm still not sure what licence he is on about. As long as you give credit to Valve for the original idea, and you made the model yourself you will be fine to upload it. When we spoke to Valve they were pretty laid back about people using their assets and artwork as long as its done non-commercially.
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    > **Posted by Jonny-higgins** > > > **Posted by Cybermax** > > > > Whether mandatory requirement to provide source files for the model that I upload to this site? Where I can read about it? > > I'm not sure what you mean mate, can you explain a bit better? Please read this and you'll understand what I'm talking about. http://forums.svencoop.com/showthread.php/42452-Human-Sergeant-s-minigun p.s. I apologize for my terrible English.
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    > **Posted by Cybermax** > > Whether mandatory requirement to provide source files for the model that I upload to this site? Where I can read about it? I'm not sure what you mean mate, can you explain a bit better?
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    Whether mandatory requirement to provide source files for the model that I upload to this site? Where I can read about it?
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    Im suprised they still have such a libral stance on this.
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    This is awesome!
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    this means we can do stuff we only dreamed of or downloaded from ilegal websites
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    To be very honest, the site used to stand for "custom content". When the porting rule stuff got greenlit a while ago most categories were flooded with half-assed ported content. I think it should kept to a minimum. Swapping around contents from one game to another is not really appealing... While in some cases it sure can be interesting and hilarious, but as a general impression of mine - this is not the case. I'd prefer to have a dedicated category for everything ported seperated from the usual skins/etc. The recently introduced tag is helpful, but still tedious. In general, the site could heavily benefit from better categorizing and organization.
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    Nice, sounds awesome.
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