Halo 4 developer 343 Industries has commented on the recently announced new content creation rules that were released by Microsoft yesterday, stating that things will remain relatively unchanged. Details on the changes can be found here.
“We know you have questions about the updated Game Content Usage Rules,” wrote 343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea on the official Halo Waypoint forums. “The good news is that little to nothing actually changed. The rules are basically the same, with clarification added to address some frequently asked questions.”
“The majority of everything the community makes currently is fine, as long as they are not basically running a big Halo-based business or using Halo as if the IP was its own property. That isn’t a change to our policy, simply a clarification and update of the dry legal language, and as we’ve mentioned, even that ‘new’ language was actually updated months ago. We don’t have squads of lawyers waiting in the wings to go after folks making machinima, or showing off their skills in Halo. Basically it’s business as usual.”
So basically general YouTube users and Machinima makers should be OK under these new rules, but pure businesses who attempt to profit off a Microsoft IP without consent are in for a world of hurt. This doesn’t appear to be a money-grabbing witch hunt as many people seem to believe it to be.
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