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"Just because it is sound, doesn't mean it is not stealing."

Recently, Mojang implemented resource packs into Minecraft. Resource packs allow people to change things like sound, block names, and textures. With the ability to change sounds, there has been an outstanding growth in stolen content on MCF and PMC because people have been putting copyrighted songs in their resource pack. This is illegal.

Song companies tend to take the copyrights on their songs very seriously, for example, on YouTube many videos that contain even parts of a song they do not own will have all of the audio completely removed from the video. In some cases, they will have the video taken down, especially of the uploader acquired monetary gain from the video.

So, what does this mean for those who upload these resource packs containing copyrighted music? Well, it means that either, A.) They will have their post removed, with possibility for a ban because what they are doing is breaking the law. Or, B.) They will attempt to sue them or the site you have uploaded it to.

Now, I know that saying that they will sue them or the site sounds a bit crazy, but think about the current issue Mojang is having with "Putt Putt". They are trying to take legal action against Mojang for something people who are not affiliated with them did. So, if you upload these things, you could get the site in trouble. And since the site you upload to doesn't want to be in trouble, you will probably get banned, or at least have your post removed.

So, to recap, posting resource packs with copyrighted songs and sounds that you yourself did not 100% make is illegal, and can get you or the site in trouble.

-Peyton A, Texture Artists' Union Administrator.

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  • BlockyPanda
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 19, 2013, 12:24 am
Is Putt Putt sueing Mojang? :O
  • peytonisgreat
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Meme
  • August 19, 2013, 12:26 am
They tried, yes.
  • ChezPlz
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Pirate
  • July 13, 2013, 9:52 am
This is why you get some good indie music that you could personally get the artist's permission for.
And about all the copyright issues, it's a game for kids, people need to stop being tight-asses.
That whole Putt Putt thing is stupid. "Hey, there's some things on the internet for this game called Minecraft and people are playing golf in the game! Better sue the creator!"
Great blog! It annoys me whenever I see a pack with copyrighted musc. I've only seen one pack so far that has shown their music was royalty free.
  • boveybrawlers
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • July 12, 2013, 12:51 am
I released a resource pack the day Minecraft 1.6 came out. I made sure to use music that was released under a Creative Commons license that allowed re-using as long as the author is accredited. Fyi, a great source of music using CC licenses is Newgrounds.com
  • KillJoy8690
  • Level 40
  • Master Pixel Painter
  • July 11, 2013, 3:33 pm
Great reasoning. I agree with you, this is going to be a problem.
  • pichuiis
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Explorer
  • July 11, 2013, 2:55 pm
I just don't like that they're sharing the packs with the copyrighted music. It should be for personal uses if the song is copyrighted.
  • Bryroz
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Skinner
  • July 11, 2013, 2:34 pm
I recently did see tons of packs using music (probably without the owners consent), and putting it into their packs. Great blog.
  • Iou
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • July 11, 2013, 5:35 pm
  • Knarfer
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Network
  • July 11, 2013, 2:17 pm


(In all seriousness, I saw a blog that used a song by Zedd without a license from Zedd or his recording studio. The guy seriously tried to contact Zedd and say "Ey, can I plz uze ur song? Pwetty pwease?". I was dicussing this topic with my friends and we came to the conclusion that resource packs are the worst things that have happened to IDIOTIC Minecraft players.)
  • Turtle
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • July 11, 2013, 2:00 pm
  • Darkrai48
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • July 11, 2013, 1:40 pm
This is an excellent point c: great blog
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • July 11, 2013, 1:32 pm
  • CNCminecraft
  • Level 71
  • Legendary Engineer
  • July 11, 2013, 12:51 pm
trying out new resource packs eh! diamond :D
  • Insanity
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Mlem Mlem Bat
  • July 11, 2013, 12:29 pm
good blog!

i actually recently made some music, and this blog reminded me i can put my music in minecraft :D
  • peytonisgreat
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Meme
  • July 11, 2013, 12:30 pm
Thanks :)

Resource packs are a decent idea, but it is causing quite a bit if trouble for sites like PMC
  • Insanity
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Mlem Mlem Bat
  • July 11, 2013, 12:33 pm
definitely true.

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