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Ultimate Geek

#236252 25-May-2018 14:39
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I'm looking into starting a business using commercial licenses through Steam. Regular purchases on Steam are for personal non-commercial use, and not all games on Steam have commercial licenses available. So for those games I've contacted the developers to try to arrange a deal. Some of them have informed me they're not doing commercial licenses at all, or not in New Zealand (yet).


However while researching my competition I've seen them promoting games which I've confirmed aren't available for commercial use. This puts me at a huge disadvantage if I want to be completely legal with my games licensing (which I do and will).


I'm wondering if there is an organisation like APRA AMCOS is for music licensing, but for video game licensing, which I can contact to find out more information. Does anyone monitor and enforce commercial game licensing in NZ?

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Uber Geek

  #2022494 25-May-2018 15:01
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AFAIK the answer is No,


Just like films,  the all the copyrights and licensing belong to the publishing Studio... 


Music is an historic oddity with the copyright split between the actual work (lyrics/music) and the actual performance) and I think the copyright societies developed  because in the past musicians tended to write on their own behalf, rather than on contract to publishing houses or studios...

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