Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Demise of BSG Modders

NBCU (NBC/Universal) has put out a cease and desist order to twenty or so Battlestar Galactica modifications on MODDB. They have all been told that they are violating copyright claims. The modders can do nothing to fight this other than attempting to appeal directly to NBCU's senior vice president of public relations, Brian Steel. MODDB itself can not do anything about it either, their rules state that if a company should claim copyright infringement upon any modification, then it must be taken down.  Things like this have happened before, but it is always sad to see it happen, especially to mod teams who are putting in hours of work into something that is non-profit. One of these mods, Nexus: Battlestar Galactica, I had just written about last week, so had Kotaku and Rockpapershotgun. I can't help but feel like it may be all of our faults for spotlighting this exceptional mod, possibly prompting the assault from NBCU. I am unsure about the rest of the Battlestar Galactica mods, but if you want to try to help out the Nexus: BSG mod then you can head over to the forums and help them appeal to Brian Steel. That may be found here on the moddb forums. As this week comes to close it seems as if all the small time developers are getting slammed by big corporations this week, I'm looking at you Paypal, but I'm certainly just exaggerating. Thanks for reading and check back later for some Dark Souls impressions.

 -Written by Sean Cargle


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