Updated EULAs for Star Wars games on Steam

Started by Commander Awesome, May 05, 2016, 12:01:55 PM

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Commander Awesome

This was brought to my attention by Eezstreet over at JKHub HERE. Apparently this applies to all Star Wars games on Steam. This section in particular is of interest:
QuoteUser Generated Content

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Giftheck

Seeing as it's Disney writing that, does that mean that now all their characters are available for use? :P

In all seriousness it doesn't appear that different to before. Just a bit of rewording. Though the very first bolded passage would surely have been a "goes-without-saying" clause anyway. Who is going to use Battlefront to create pornographic material?

BTW, does the new EULA mention anything about executeable modifying?
Works in Progress:
--Star Wars: Battlefront 1.25: "First Order-Resistance War Expansion"
--Main Play Mod Reboot
--PSP Map conversions
--DICE Edition for SWBF2
--And more!

Commander Awesome

Quote from: Gistech on May 05, 2016, 02:24:49 PM
Seeing as it's Disney writing that, does that mean that now all their characters are available for use? :P
They might just mean only Star Wars, but either way I wonder if this means we can port stuff from EA's Battlefront.

Quote from: Gistech on May 05, 2016, 02:24:49 PMIn all seriousness it doesn't appear that different to before. Just a bit of rewording. Though the very first bolded passage would surely have been a "goes-without-saying" clause anyway. Who is going to use Battlefront to create pornographic material?
I agree.

Quote from: Gistech on May 05, 2016, 02:24:49 PMBTW, does the new EULA mention anything about executeable modifying?
I didn't read through the whole thing yet, just that section. So, I don't know.

Giftheck

Quote from: Commander Awesome on May 05, 2016, 02:36:05 PM
They might just mean only Star Wars, but either way I wonder if this means we can port stuff from EA's Battlefront.

Strictly speaking, EA only owns distribution rights. Disney owns the rights to the content. So, yes, I would say that sounds a bit like they're saying "go for it".
Works in Progress:
--Star Wars: Battlefront 1.25: "First Order-Resistance War Expansion"
--Main Play Mod Reboot
--PSP Map conversions
--DICE Edition for SWBF2
--And more!

Led

Quote from: Gistech on May 05, 2016, 02:44:58 PM
Strictly speaking, EA only owns distribution rights. Disney owns the rights to the content. So, yes, I would say that sounds a bit like they're saying "go for it".

I don't think that really means that...

But anyway, the mod tools EULA has always read like that for SWBF and SWBF2.
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Giftheck

Quote from: Led on May 05, 2016, 02:46:26 PM
I don't think that really means that...

But anyway, the mod tools EULA has always read like that for SWBF and SWBF2.

I did say "it sounds like". I won't advocate using those assets unless explicitly stated we can do so by Disney. I personally think it's more or less permission to use things like likenesses.
Works in Progress:
--Star Wars: Battlefront 1.25: "First Order-Resistance War Expansion"
--Main Play Mod Reboot
--PSP Map conversions
--DICE Edition for SWBF2
--And more!

Giftheck

Okay, upon further clarification, the following games/apps use this EULA:

-Star Wars: Battlefront II
-Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
-Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
-Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Repulbic II: The Sith Lords
-Star Wars: Republic Commando
-Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
-Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
-Star Wars Rebels: Missions
-Official Star Wars Android/iOS app
-Star Wars: Commander
-Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
-Star Wars: Jedi Knight series

The following use their own EULAs, which does not have the aforementioned passage:

-Star Wars Battlefront (EA)
-Star Wars: Galactic Defense (EA)
-Star Wars: Uprising
-Star Wars Pinball

Any using the Disney EULA are pretty much clear for use. Any using their own EULAs are not included.
Works in Progress:
--Star Wars: Battlefront 1.25: "First Order-Resistance War Expansion"
--Main Play Mod Reboot
--PSP Map conversions
--DICE Edition for SWBF2
--And more!

StoneCold

Here's hoping they add the classic original SWBF on Steam one day. Will probably happen when EA loses their rights to the Star Wars license and that probably will take quite a number of years unfortunately  :confused:

Led

Quote from: StoneCold on May 15, 2016, 02:03:46 PM
Here's hoping they add the classic original SWBF on Steam one day. Will probably happen when EA loses their rights to the Star Wars license and that probably will take quite a number of years unfortunately  :confused:

Sadly, I think that will never happen due to the DRM.  There is no one left to officially remove it.
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StoneCold

Quote from: Led on May 15, 2016, 03:13:09 PM
Sadly, I think that will never happen due to the DRM.  There is no one left to officially remove it.

Seriously!?

I didn't knew that, I thought it was due to licensing issues  :(

Giftheck

Quote from: Led on May 15, 2016, 03:13:09 PM
Sadly, I think that will never happen due to the DRM.  There is no one left to officially remove it.

EA has the source code so they could remove it. But they won't: they probably know it would sell too well.
Works in Progress:
--Star Wars: Battlefront 1.25: "First Order-Resistance War Expansion"
--Main Play Mod Reboot
--PSP Map conversions
--DICE Edition for SWBF2
--And more!