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Maisth

Music and copyright

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Serious question

 

Most of my wad (First ones) Had MP3

 

And apparently uploading a WAD with MP3 is too much because of the copyrights i guess?

 

Is Uploading a WAD With MIDI The same as uploading it with MP3?

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MIDI is actually considered to be different since it's in no way an original or a recording. It's an entire recreation and thus is safe to use unless said MIDI itself is an original and is under copyright, but MIDI is not even used in that way any more. Basically, you are safe using any MIDI you want. In some cases you should provide credit where it's due, like using a MIDI from a well known composer like @Jimmy or anyone else. Random MIDIs from the internet, I doubt anyone cares.

 

Also with MP3, the only concern is not just copyright but also file sizes. Using MP3 music in a mod can boost a file size to ridiculous proportions just for music when a well chosen MIDI would be a much better fit. If you absolutely must use an MP3, just know you will not be able to upload it to idgames and should always credit your source. The likelihood of anything happening legality wise is about as slim as the chance for you to build a rocket by hand and fly to Mars. It's a small enough target audience and group that simply nobody cares.

 

Use your best judgement and consider your use case.

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1 hour ago, Nevander said:

MIDI is actually considered to be different since it's in no way an original or a recording. It's an entire recreation and thus is safe to use unless said MIDI itself is an original and is under copyright, but MIDI is not even used in that way any more. Basically, you are safe using any MIDI you want. In some cases you should provide credit where it's due, like using a MIDI from a well known composer like @Jimmy or anyone else. Random MIDIs from the internet, I doubt anyone cares.

 

Also with MP3, the only concern is not just copyright but also file sizes. Using MP3 music in a mod can boost a file size to ridiculous proportions just for music when a well chosen MIDI would be a much better fit. If you absolutely must use an MP3, just know you will not be able to upload it to idgames and should always credit your source. The likelihood of anything happening legality wise is about as slim as the chance for you to build a rocket by hand and fly to Mars. It's a small enough target audience and group that simply nobody cares.

 

Use your best judgement and consider your use case.

Oh ok then using MIDI songs from other games its fine

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A midi from another game would be original and under copyright.

 

In terms of file size, a compromise between midi and MP3 would be a tracker file. The music at The Mod Archive is basically public domain.

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