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What if the original author is banned so that getting a response is not technically possible. Would the mod remain forever unported?



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Yes

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Qwerty is pretty spot on. If you're interested further in copyright law, the actual protections provided by copyright for works produced after 1977 (so any video game mod ever), last for the entire life of the author plus 70 additional years. So realistically in our lifetime it won't enter public domain.

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Which is why I encourage authors to allow the Nexus curator bot to maintain their stuff when they disappear. It gives the staff permission to maintain it.

 

Curator bot? This exists? If so then it is very well hidden.  :smile:



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Oh hi Fore love yer mods. Yeah they have a thread somewhere about it in the GMA

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Some one told me to port and upload to LL but I still feel that would be wrong to do. So it boils down to reading the fine print, spam the author or forget about it... :(

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Some one told me to port and upload to LL but I still feel that would be wrong to do. So it boils down to reading the fine print, spam the author or forget about it... :(


If it was on the Nexus report them. That's mod piracy and suggesting it is against the rules

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Let's get back to the example of Cerwiden.  Porting to SSE would not be copyright infringement if the author was given full credit and the gameplay of the mod was unchanged.  I know some unscrupulous modders have sought to claim works as their own - that would be copyright infringement - but that is not the case when the port would still be in the author's name.

 

The author disappeared years before Nexus even considered the Caretaker idea for mods.  The original understanding between the mod author and the Nexus of posting a mod on the Nexus Oldrim pages could be extended to the Skyrim SE Nexus pages.  Public libraries did much the same thing when they made books available on microfiche and magnetic media.

Public libraries also require proper licensing from the publishers to do those things. Format shifting is not a protected act.

 

Porting an LE mod to SSE is basically the same thing. Without the author's approval, it's infringement. Period.



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Public libraries also require proper licensing from the publishers to do those things. Format shifting is not a protected act.

 

University research libraries have books in their digital collections from publishers who went out of business many years ago.







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