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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues

A Steam Community announcement has word on a weapon that's been removed from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after a DMCA takedown notice. For those who had purchased this item, it has been replaced by a rare Valve-designed substitute, while the two claimed creators of the gun have been banned for violating the terms Valve's "low friction" submission process, which requires swearing to the originality of their work. Here's some detail:

All contributors share joint responsibility for the originality of their Workshop submission, and therefore share joint liability for claims of copyright infringement. That is, if two or more artists collaborate on a submission and the submission contains intellectual property that isn’t their own, all artists involved in the submission will share in the consequences.

For the items in question, the following steps have been taken:

  • Both contributors have received Steam Community bans. They receive no proceeds from either item, and both items have been removed from the game.
  • For owners of the M4A4 | Howl and Howling Dawn sticker, those items have been replaced by an alternative designed by the CS:GO team. These items will never be produced again, and have been assigned the ‘Contraband’ rarity.
  • All other in-game items that involve at least one of the contributors in their revenue share have been discontinued.
  • The Huntsman Case and Community Sticker Capsule have been revised to replace the copied and discontinued items.
  • Moving forward, we will no longer work with the contributors and we will not ship any existing Workshop submission that credits their involvement.

The cost for everyone involved in the resolution of this issue has been significant, including our players and community members. It takes considerable time and effort for the CS:GO team to resolve copyright infringement disputes, but fortunately copying is rare – the CS:GO community has submitted tens of thousands of unique entries to the Workshop, and we have shipped dozens of your designs without a problem.

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10. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 15:50 bhcompy
 
Brumbek wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 11:50:
bhcompy wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 10:45:
It's a skin on a gun.. what the hell is there for copyright?
And all those paintings in museums are just pictures on the wall I suppose. Point: taking art and calling it your own is bad.

Yes, but if you look up the skin this ain't the Mona Lisa, it's some vertical slashes on a black gun. Maybe Zubaz owns the copyright?
 
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9. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 15:41 theglaze
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 14:29:
theglaze wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 11:09:
The funny thing is the 'Contraband' rarity...these stolen skins are now being sold on the Marketplace for significantly more than before.

You misunderstand... They REMOVED the infringing design(s), and REPLACED them with alternate, original ones from Valve, which are not otherwise available. So the violators get the boot and nobody lost anything, in fact extra value was created for some people.

What did I misunderstand...the humor?
 
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8. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 15:19 KS
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 11:53:
Well it entirely depends on whether the copyright has expired or not, right? Anyway, I'm just surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often.

It is kind of the limiting factor in games. Superhero games which allow general color selection as well as a letter on the chest, well, that's all you need to generate a Superman clone. Red boots, blue tights, red shorts, yellow letter S.

The closer a design system gets to complete freeform, the more cautious they have to be with the inevitable copy of copyrighted works.

City of Heroes had a secret (I think) costume or power code to generate a force field bubble about the hand like a Green Lantern might have. I never figured it out via normal costume or power sets anyway but I did see it a number of times. That plus generic green and black outfit plus capital theta on the chest, boom, Green Lantern.

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7. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 14:29 jacobvandy
 
theglaze wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 11:09:
The funny thing is the 'Contraband' rarity...these stolen skins are now being sold on the Marketplace for significantly more than before.

You misunderstand... They REMOVED the infringing design(s), and REPLACED them with alternate, original ones from Valve, which are not otherwise available. So the violators get the boot and nobody lost anything, in fact extra value was created for some people.
 
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6. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 13:14 Creston
 
It happens a lot, it's just rarely caught, and even more rarely acted upon. Sadly.  
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5. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 11:53 Cutter
 
Well it entirely depends on whether the copyright has expired or not, right? Anyway, I'm just surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often.
 
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4. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 11:50 Brumbek
 
bhcompy wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 10:45:
It's a skin on a gun.. what the hell is there for copyright?
And all those paintings in museums are just pictures on the wall I suppose. Point: taking art and calling it your own is bad.
 
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3. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 11:39 Creston
 
I think they handled that well. Come down hard on stealing assclowns.  
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2. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 11:09 theglaze
 
bhcompy wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 10:45:
It's a skin on a gun.. what the hell is there for copyright?

It's a graphic design they stole from someone, and then tried to profit from it without kicking any credit to the original artist(s).

The funny thing is the 'Contraband' rarity...these stolen skins are now being sold on the Marketplace for significantly more than before.
 
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1. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Workshop IP Issues Jun 12, 2014, 10:45 bhcompy
 
It's a skin on a gun.. what the hell is there for copyright?  
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