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who had purchased this item, it has been replaced by a rare Valve-designed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:
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sticker, those items have been replaced by an alternative designed by the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.