Paid Skyrim Mod Removed Because of Controversy

A premium mod of Skyrim has been removed from listing due to concerns, starting what could be a long line of potential issues stemming from Steam's paid mod program. 

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Yesterday, Valve announced that modders can choose to charge money for their Steam Workshop creations, starting with Skyrim. While the announcement in itself is worth debate, problems are already starting to arise. A mod featured on the Steam announcement page that adds a fishing animation to characters was developed by Chesko and aqqh. However, Destructoid reports that the mod includes assets from Fore's New Idles in Skyrim, and was used without permission. Fore goes on to state that "making money with mods is totally against my attitude" and that the Steam Workshop's paid mod system would be the "end of a working and inventive modding community."

The fishing mod has since been removed from paid listing, and its developer offered the following explaination:

"I would like to make it clear that I have been under a non-disclosure agreement for over a month, and was unable (not unwilling) to contact others. I asked Valve specifically about content that requires other content, and was told that if the download was separate and free, it was fair game."

Although the developers go on to state that the mod does not require the animations in question to work, they will defer to Fore's request and issue refunds to all subscribers. While this issue may have been resolved quickly, it's the the first in what might become increasingly complex issues.

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    April 24, 2015 8:25 AM

    Steven Wong posted a new article, Paid Skyrim Mod Removed Because of Controversy

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      April 24, 2015 8:36 AM

      I'm really not sure how I feel about paid mods. Just seems like a can of worms especially applying that to a game that already has a long established mod scene. Just seems like it's going to be messy.

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      April 24, 2015 8:37 AM

      I was hoping this was the realistic horse vaginas mod.

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      April 24, 2015 8:41 AM

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        April 24, 2015 10:34 AM

        Yes they can. That's one thing I really like about the Kerbal Space Programming modding community: it is a hard requirement that ALL mods posted on the official forums MUST include a license. It can be as simple as All Rights Reserved, but most mod authors use some sort of open license like GPL or CC or MIT. KSP mods are also required to be open source to mitigate the risk of malware.

        It's an excellent policy that other mod communities should follow. Never publish anything online without indicating what license it is being distributed under.

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      April 24, 2015 8:49 AM

      The second hand quote from Valve on this is pretty shitty. Also taking a 75% cut, yep, shitty. I'm not sure what aspect of this is not shitty.

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      April 24, 2015 9:16 AM

      Free DLC is the way to be, see!

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      April 24, 2015 10:32 AM

      "if the download was separate and free, it was fair game" is only true if by "free" they mean "has an open license that permits redistribution or remixing for commercial purposes"

      If Valve is actually giving advice saying that you can redistribute anyone else's content under their paid program, then what the fuck

      I have a feeling this is either someone at Valve being an idiot, or this mod author paraphrasing Valve in a way that changes the meaning

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