Street Fighter Modders Beaten With DMCAs


Street Fighter 5 modders have been dealt DMCA notices by Capcom demanding they stop all modding activity, supposedly because they are utilizing copyrighted material and even making money via their modding – though it may well simply be the case that Capcom now feels they are eating into its precious DLC shekels.

The notices (sent to two popular modders) claimed that the accused have been using copyrighted material to make their mods, declaring that they have no right to receive income (via Patreon) from “stolen goods” despite the fact that there are numerous other mods that use copyrighted content…

Implementation of characters from other franchises, such as Zero Suit Samus and Mai Shiranui are only a handful of the mods the duo have accomplished, though some have speculated that Capcom may also be annoyed over their participation in the creation of nude models of Street Fighter characters.

One of their latest contributions to the modding world:

One modder has put an end to his ways entirely as a result of the DMCA, while the other has instead chosen to close his Patreon but intends to continue making mods.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 10/08/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I don't care about street fighter, but modders use others content to make profit. That's obviously not fair.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Capcom has more then a point with them doing that shitty begging....erhm...patreon shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I bet it's because of Marvel vs. Capcom game. They afraid someone will do a better job at modeling and fixing all those horseshit faces.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well if people are moneizing the mods then I can see why Cockcom is getting upset and yeah they are crossing the line, b/c the base models aren't their work. But if its just general public modding Cockcom and Koei need to grow some balls or better yet dont release games o PC to avoid crying

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Been there, done that. Wasn't that long ago the same thing happened with Overwatch.

    In a nutshell, there are two "gray areas" when modding:

    1. don't rip the original models (visuals, skeleton...ANY part of the game data).

    2. don't put your mod behind a paywall.

    No.1 matters because if you build a model from the ground up - it can be argued to be your property, not the game developer's [you made the model for]. You can charge people for that model all you want (unless you recreated the original model flawlessly, but that's not the topic or the point here).

    No.2 matters because if users can get your models without paying, it's harder to prove you're directly profitting off of "selling" them, and it's usually not worth the time and effort to pursue a single person for it (unless "everyone keeps doing it", in which case eventually someone becomes a scapegoat to scare others, "a show of force", so to speak).

    Bottom line is: if you stick to at least one of these "rules", you have a chance to sort things out and even continue working on mods if the developer throws a DMCA notice your way, but if you're not following either of the two - you're a "by the book" case if you're taken to court.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe Capcom should take some ideas from the community and start releasing these mods. At the end of the day it prolongs the life of the game for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thing is, this is like booze back in the day. The more you inhibit it, the more ways people will find to get it. Capcom's lack of ideas of late is just throwing a fit for not getting all the money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    when they make it way better than your paid skin you started to wonder why they didn't just hire the modders in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe if video games just featured nudity then there wouldnt be any need for graphic mods. you don't give a character huge boobs and choose not to show them

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is great work
    shame theyre profiting off it though

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    crapcom can eat shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fundamental issues with these DMCA notices:
    -Modders are not breaking EULA.
    Modding a game does not change the way the game works, it changes portions that don't affect the game code.
    -Players have the luxury to use the game however they want under certain conditions: they are not making money off it, unless they sell it legally. They do not interfere with the games code (which modding does not do) or using the software in any illegal way.

    So in many ways, it's Capcom breaking the law here.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They are making money off of copyright material via selling mods (patreon)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How are they selling mods if the mods are released out to the public?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you can ONLY get the model by donating then it is not a donation. It is a PURCHASE. Which is illegal for any video game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Receiving donations is not equal to selling a product.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the same way, most religious organizations around the world function. They don't get payed, they just receive donations, that you don't pay tax for. The same way you don't have to pay tax or account for a transaction if you give your family or friends money.

    The modder could have received donations for doing nothing, what then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Donations are taxed it is just most organisations get tax exemptions for one reason or another. The reason you don't get taxed when you give friends and family money is because it is a small amount and it is "under the table."

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    it is if you can only get the mods by making a donation

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't donation, they're paying for his work. Are you guys retarded?

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    Comment by Robert D Viewing
    04:46 11/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Modding in itself is fine, but when they're being asses and making money off of someone else's product? Hell no. If you're making a mod, it should be EXCLUSIVELY free and just from dedication not for making a profit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 11/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Modding takes a lot of time and servers aren't free. Maybe they asked for donations to pay for the server.

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    Comment by jr240483
    06:32 11/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    its pretty clear they want to put an end to the nude mods.

    the last thing they want is for the ESRB to plaster that game with the M rating or worse, the dreaded AO rating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 11/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If pulling to the conspiracy side...
    There is certainly the hand of feminists and SJW, a simple way to end MODS.
    Once MODS destroy the diversity of ugliness and show sexy models...

    First launches characters with the ugliest faces ..
    Now it forbids mod ..
    The company actually fell in hands of leftards..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminder that Capcom supported SOPA, so this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Capcom just being salty that less people gonna buy their DLCs if they allow modding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit behavior is how you get people to stop playing your shit games, Capcom. STOP IT AND JUST FUCKING ENTER THE 21st CENTURY ALREADY.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    valve tries to start up paid modding and everyone has a hissy fit. capcom shuts down a for profit mod and youre bitching and moaning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >"You can't have my mod til you donate money."

    >People saying it's not about money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Capitalist thieves have always problem, when see someone make money easier then they. Why idiots don't want to have right % from income? Only destructive capitalist pigs a'la Apple patent and block everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not about capitalism, they are not the root of the problem here. Its just the concept of money itself really suck and don't work right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The concept of money is not the problem. The concept of money is a measure of objetive value that can be used for anything that can be sold or bought instead of a verbal agreement between traders. It's the concept of how to rate that value that's rotten.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am with Capcom here. All mods should be free.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that the mods are free? They are just receiving donations for the work that is being put through is what seems to irk Capcom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    well yes and no, some popular modders were locking away their mods behind Patreon, allowing some to be downloaded freely, but keeping many locked unless you donated to them

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mr Crapcom President,

    Please excuse my Japanese, but will do my best.

    No mods me no buy you games

    Thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is exactly what you do, but send them an e-mail, e.g., mentioning that you won't buy because they've been giving modders trouble.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by oldtaku
    03:47 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a shit game anyhow, maybe you should mod something better instead.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Old news. Now downvote me plz

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Shekels"? Really?

    You're complaining about someone being greedy. Of all the various currencies that are or have ever been in circulation anywhere in the world or in various works of fiction, you decided to use the currency of the world's only Jewish nation-state. Why?

    You could have accused Capcom of wanting to prevent modders from eating into their precious DLC dollars, or pesos, or pounds, or euro, or francs, or kroner, or zloty, or rubles, or dinars, or rupees, or yuan, or won, or yen, or eris, or zenny, or gil, or woolongs, or caps, or ducats, or septims.

    Instead you decided to go with shekels, either not knowing or not caring that doing so makes you look like a Nazi fuck-knuckle.

    Oh, by the way, Capcom is in the right here, since these modders put copyrighted content in their mods and put their copyright-infringing mods behind a paywall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 10/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about marks, schillings and pfennigs?
    What about crowns? What about silver or golden eagles?
    (And my personal favourite b/c it's a real currency)
    What about dongs?

    Currency Discrimination is real!

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    Comment by Anonymous

    all the mods we're free, donations was an early access to it plus higher priority request hearings. These bitches got sand in their vaginas when their monthly quota was bigger than their salary smh.

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