Fallout 4

Fallout 4 Modding Community In An Uproar

posted: June 7, 2016

by: Robin Lee

The Nexus modding community is in an uproar since mods have been made available for Fallout 4 on Xbox one. Not because of the availability, but because of a handful of "wanna be" Robin Hood thieves that have stolen the work of modders and claimed it for their own.

One of the thieves openly admitted to the theft and made a statement as to why.

Thief Words
Some of these issues have been resolved peacefully, however there are still issues with some of the thieves trying to re-upload these mods after they have been taken down. There have been several DMCA's filed. In some cases all that was needed a report to be filed and moderators to be contacted.

Several of the modders have made statements reguarding the acts of theft and have taken down there mods available for Bethesda games until the situation is fully resolved.

One of these disgruntled modders, DDProductions83, has spoken out publicly in forums and on Youtube. Before viewing his Youtube rant, please be warned that there is explicit language and his rants are a mix of opinions and facts.


One of the modders, DogtoothCG, which is currently working to make his mods compatible for console, has written a blog about this whole fiasco.


Bethesda has released the information to modders on how to file a DMCA if your work was stolen.


The main problem with this whole situation is, with the way the DMCA works, if you don't have the money to back it, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. You can file the DMCA, have the stolen mod taken down and if you can't afford all the legal expenses, then within a certain amount of days the thief is going to go back to what he was doing before with no further actions or repercussions.

This has actually been a constant problem in many modding communities for a very long time. With as hard as these people work to make games bigger and better, we should be giving them more respect and admiration. Especially considering that they aren't getting paid and are doing this in their free time. And even those that do get donations don't get much at all. But still, every little bit counts. And even if you don't or can't donate, then rate it up, say a few words of appreciation, show some support to the people who make your games more enjoyable.

UPDATE:

It looks like Bethesda is starting to take a stance on supporting the Mod Community. As of June 9th, Bethesda has announced Guidelines for Uploading Mods in their Dev Notes Section. While this method may not be a step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go.