Category: News Wire Published on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 08:05 Written by Geese Hits: 142
It seems all the people waiting to make some money off of the Halo 4 media production will have some problems with the guys at Microsoft. Microsoft has laid out an updated list of rules for anyone using content from games such as Halo, Forza and Fable online. The rules apply to anyone using gameplay footage, screenshots and music from Microsoft titles. This includes machinima films and written fanfiction, too.
Rule number one -
You can't make any money from your creations. This includes any YouTube channels where you make money from advertising.
Rule number two -
You must include the following disclaimer with your creation. It must be displayed on any video you make for at least five seconds:
[Name of the Microsoft Game] © Microsoft Corporation. [The title of your Item] was created under Microsoft's "Game Content Usage Rules" using assets from [Name of the Microsoft Game]. It is not endorsed by Microsoft and does not reflect the views or opinions of Microsoft or anyone officially involved in producing or managing [Name of the Microsoft Game]. As such, it does not contribute to the official narrative of the fictional universe, if applicable.
Videos which add to the game's story or canon must display the notice at the start. Others may display it at the end.
Rule number three -
You can't use the game's name when titling your creation. "Red vs. Blue gameplay" is fine. "Halo 4 gameplay footage" is not. "We want to make sure consumers don't get confused," Microsoft explained.
Rule number four -
if you create something new, like the backstory for a character, this automatically becomes Microsoft's property to use as it sees fit. Says Microsoft:
"If you add to the game universe or expand on the story told in the game with 'lost chapters' or back story or anything like that, distribution of your story or idea may appear in a future game without any compensation to you. (Sorry, but our lawyers tell us we need to do this in order to avoid frivolous lawsuits getting in the way of making more great games.)"
Other rules ban "reverse engineering" games to do things you wouldn't normally be allowed to. You also can't make porn or objectionable content.
Microsoft lists the following franchises as examples of games the policy applies to:
Halo (all versions)
Forza Motorsport (all versions)
Fable (all versions)
Kinect Joy Ride
Age of Empires (all versions)
Flight Simulator (all versions)
Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing (all versions)
For other titles you'll have to check the game's website to see if the rules apply.
Source - Eurogamer