DMCA Safe Harbor

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Just keep in mind that I am not a lawyer, and am only trying to educate myself, and in the meantime maybe share my journey with you.

We are getting *very* close to release (Feb. 8 2018), and as with any new venture – we are learning a ton. The interesting thing about The Painter’s Playground is that it isn’t just a ‘game’ as far as legality goes. It turns out that we the devs are legally considered ‘service providers’. What ‘the service’ in this instance is, in my mind, is the sandbox that is The Painter’s Port. Real life gamers go in and create wonderful and brilliant things to share with everyone else. It’s super cool if you ask me. But… Okay, so what?

Well, one surprising thing I have learned very recently is that all ‘fan art’ is not necessarily legal. In fact, if the art being copied is copyrighted, then unless the individual doing the fan art has proper license(s), it is in-fact illegal. Makes sense in hindsight, but I guess I just didn’t grasp that right off the bat.

Anyways, things get more complicated when there is user-generated content (UGC) involved. The issue of unlicensed copyright infringement is a very serious subject and needs to be addressed. Thankfully this was all brought to my attention before release.

TL;DR Next Zen Mechanics Limited (the devs) take no ownership for any UGC with The Painter’s Playground. We are merely service-providing ‘middle-men’. We take no part in policing the UGC of The Painter’s Playground unless we are served with what is called a DMCA Take-Down notice. Paintings that are removed/deleted via too many red flags are done so automatically by computer algorithm, and not by us.

If we are served with a take down notice, we will immediately address the issue. See our legal statement in the link below, or on the Steam store page.

DMCA stands for ‘Digital Millennium Copyright Act’. If you are interested in more details, here is some primer reading:

Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act

The Next Zen Mechanics Limited DMCA Legal Statement

At this point we’ve taken all necessary steps to be covered in DMCA Safe Harbor status.

It’s funny. I never thought fan art could be illegal. The things you learn, am-I-right?

25 Replies to “DMCA Safe Harbor”

  1. Hi blogger, i must say you have high quality articles here.

    Your website should go viral. You need initial traffic boost
    only. How to get it? Search for: make your
    content go viral Wrastain’s tools

  2. Hello friends. Are you feeling lonely? Maybe you’re in the mood to get frisky. It doesn’t matter what type of mood you’re in. You’ll always find a fine lady at http://camgirl.pw/ to chat with. You’ll be amazed by the wide selection of cam girls to choose from. Have yourself a good time and don’t forget to eat a breath mint or two. The last thing you want is to have bad breath when talking to these cuties.

  3. Are you the type of guy who likes to spend his free time drinking cold beer while talking to hot babes? If so, then you’ve got to check out http://camgirl.pw/ That site is filled with plenty of sexy girls who know exactly what guys like you want to see.

  4. Are you smiling yet? Probably not. You haven’t visited http://camgirl.pw You’re going to have the biggest smile plastered all over your face after you visit that site. It’s jam packed with the hottest online performers. You’ve never seen or heard anything quite like this before.

  5. I often visit your page and have noticed that you don’t
    update it often. More frequent updates will give your page higher rank & authority
    in google. I know that writing articles takes a lot of
    time, but you can always help yourself with miftolo’s tools
    which will shorten the time of creating an article to a few seconds.

  6. I would like to show my passion for your generosity giving support to persons who need assistance with your content. Your very own commitment to passing the solution up and down had been surprisingly effective and have constantly made guys and women just like me to get to their goals. Your new warm and helpful publication signifies a great deal a person like me and somewhat more to my colleagues. Thank you; from everyone of us.

  7. I and also my friends ended up going through the best solutions found on your web page then suddenly I had a horrible suspicion I had not thanked the website owner for those techniques. Those young boys happened to be as a result warmed to learn all of them and have now extremely been loving these things. I appreciate you for simply being very considerate as well as for figuring out certain cool information most people are really desirous to understand about. Our own sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  8. I simply desired to thank you very much once again. I am not sure the things I could possibly have handled without these recommendations shared by you relating to that question. It had become the intimidating case in my view, however , understanding a well-written form you handled it made me to cry over fulfillment. I’m grateful for the service and even sincerely hope you really know what a great job you happen to be getting into educating the others through a blog. Most likely you haven’t encountered all of us.

  9. I wish to express thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this problem. Just after exploring through the the net and finding strategies that were not helpful, I assumed my entire life was done. Being alive without the solutions to the issues you’ve sorted out by way of your entire review is a crucial case, and the ones which could have badly affected my entire career if I had not discovered your web site. Your main competence and kindness in dealing with all the pieces was priceless. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come upon such a stuff like this. I can now relish my future. Thanks for your time so much for your expert and results-oriented help. I won’t think twice to refer the blog to any person who needs and wants guide on this matter.

  10. I simply needed to thank you very much once more. I’m not certain what I could possibly have made to happen without those tactics shared by you directly on that area. Previously it was the fearsome case in my circumstances, however , encountering a professional way you resolved the issue took me to leap with delight. I am happy for the information and even hope that you are aware of a powerful job your are getting into instructing other individuals with the aid of a web site. Most likely you have never met all of us.

  11. My wife and i have been so glad Emmanuel managed to deal with his studies by way of the ideas he had out of the web page. It is now and again perplexing just to choose to be making a gift of techniques which usually the others have been making money from. And we figure out we have got the website owner to appreciate because of that. All of the explanations you’ve made, the straightforward web site menu, the friendships you assist to engender – it is all impressive, and it is letting our son and our family reason why that subject is thrilling, which is tremendously fundamental. Many thanks for the whole lot!

  12. I would like to express thanks to you just for bailing me out of such a dilemma. As a result of looking throughout the world wide web and seeing notions that were not helpful, I assumed my life was over. Existing minus the approaches to the problems you have fixed by way of your main posting is a critical case, as well as the kind which might have badly damaged my career if I hadn’t noticed the blog. Your own personal know-how and kindness in controlling a lot of things was useful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not encountered such a stuff like this. I can now relish my future. Thanks for your time very much for your professional and results-oriented guide. I won’t think twice to endorse the website to any individual who wants and needs counselling on this matter.

Leave a Reply to Voice Comments Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *