Bethesda cracking down on pirated Fallout 4 mods

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In preparation for the PS4 beta of the Creation Kit for Fallout 4, Bethesda is implementing a rule that hopefully will cut down on the pirating of PC mods by unscrupulous users.

In its most recent dev notes for the game, the company said the 1.5.4 update would require a Steam ID linked to your Bethesda.net to verify game ownership. PC modders had been complaining that others were downloading their mods from third-party sites and uploading them as Xbox One mods to Bethesda.net as their own work. Bethesda has urged those affected by the piracy to file a DMCA complaint to protect their work, but some modding sites feel the company should do more.

The Creation Kit has been available to PC and Xbox One users since the beta started in late April. Bethesda is trying to nip the piracy issue before the mod tools come on for PS4. The closed beta is apparently "close to ready."

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    June 21, 2016 8:10 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Bethesda cracking down on pirated Fallout 4 mods

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      June 21, 2016 11:29 AM

      Misleading: TES modding is driven by 3rd party sites and those sites are the definitive sources, not Bethesda's. The issue is people downloading mods from the original source and uploading them to Bethesda as their own.

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        June 21, 2016 11:33 AM

        Yeah the unfortunate result is that popular mod authors are removing all of their mods from being publicly available.

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        June 21, 2016 11:38 AM

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          June 21, 2016 11:59 AM

          Think it's like this:
          - Modder A uploads their Cool Awesome Mod to NexusMods.
          - Asshat B downloads Modder A's Cool Awesome Mod from NexusMods and then uploads it to the official Bethesda repository as their own.
          - Modder A gets pissed and removes their mod from NexusMods and says "peace out, bitches. you suck"

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      June 21, 2016 11:42 AM

      This is a terrible use of the word "piracy" and "pirated". It's plagiarism, or forgery, or intellectual theft, but not piracy.

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      June 21, 2016 12:02 PM

      Is there a TLDR for what the modding sites think Bethesda should be doing? Because I'm not reading the giant wall of text that was linked in the article.

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        June 21, 2016 12:18 PM

        1) Make the Bethesda.net mod thing not suck. Apparently it's just not good? I haven't tried it, but if it sucks wanting it to not suck is reasonable.
        2) ???

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        June 21, 2016 1:21 PM

        There was a whole post on the Nexus site from one of the site's runners on all the different problems they’ve had with Bethesda's system and what they think they should be doing.

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        June 21, 2016 1:38 PM

        What I've read the moderation of Bethesda's new site is basically non-existent.

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          June 21, 2016 2:27 PM

          And they(Bethesda) are saying if mod authors want illegally uploaded mods removed they have to file a dmca take down notice, which is absurd and cumbersome.

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