Optera wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:42 am
Not meant as attack on you Katherine, I just don't understand why streamers have a problem doing what developers have to do.
To avoid legal consequences as self employed developer I have to read licenses on every software, module or even snippet I use in my code and only use it when the license is compatible with my projects license.
On projects I earned money with I spent more time considering legal and marketing than actually developing. Which was why I quit commercial developing and only do it as hobby.
I don't feel attacked. I'm just answering the question.
There's no formal training for being a YT content creator. You learn as you go. Early on, you learn that you should check whether a game is allowed to be monetized or not. This is displayed almost always near the Press Kit/Assets. A yes permission is very explicitly stated and easy to find: "Content creators have permission to monetize streams/videos of x game."
TBF, it never even occurred to me that mods have their own licenses. It seemed very natural to me that mods would follow the same permissions as the original game, since they require the game to run.
As to looking into modding Factorio: it doesn't help that Factorio's system of modding doesn't really encourage finding licenses. Mods installed from the game are insta-transported into the mysterious appdata folder. In-game there is no mention of license. If one does go digging, then you have zip files, which are not necessary to unzip. I am not a coder, so it is not a natural interest to look there. On the mod portal, which I visit fairly frequently, the license is listed, but I took that to apply to other modders: e.g. sharing code and assets with other mod authors.
I think that it is a common thing that coders and modders think about, but it is not a natural activity for people unfamiliar with this line of work. It's like any specialty subject. If I spoke to you about high-end carving techniques, you might be equally baffled and clueless about what I am speaking of. It would not even occur to you to use 40k grit sanding fabric to finish a fine piece.
I have no problem asking for permission or licenses. I just simply didn't know that it was necessary. Now I've gained new information.