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Sharing created covers of pre-existing songs completely disallowed in Guitar Hero: World Tour

Sunday, 28th September 2008 22:11 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Over 500 Rock Band songs? Pfft, that’ll be small change compared to Guitar Hero: World Tour’s player-driven create-a-song feature, which will surely see covers of every lighter-waving, spark-streaming rock odyssey ever conceived, right? Wrong. In an interview with 1UP, GH:WT director Brian Bright woke GH-devotees from their dream of heading up gaming’s own Napster.

“We’ll be actively monitoring the site,” Bright explained. “And, obviously, if the copyright holder complains, Activision will pull it down immediately. We can’t condone people putting up covers of music. It’s really there for original content.”

But what if no one raises a ruckus? Tough luck.

“If there’s a licensed song and someone holds the copyright to it, we’ll take it down regardless of whether or not someone complains.

Well, so much for that rock revolution. Our lawyers will be crushed, we’re sure.

By Nathan Grayson

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  1. trav

    Sort of puts a damper on selling DLC if people have decent covers made through the game.

    But what happens if you have an original song that is super popular through the system. Does the Behemoth that is Activision Blizzard then own your soul?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. ashers2ashers

    What’s gonna happen if you create a cover, but it’s in a different key, like a semi-tone or tone higher. E.g. weezer write and play all of their songs in standard tuning on a guitar but with all of the strings tuned down half a step in E flat opposed to E. If we get a weezer song and transpose it up, will it still be an illegal cover?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Vahn16

    With a band as big as Weezer, I’d guess that Activision won’t let it stay up — regardless of changes you might make to the song. Guess we’ll find out in a few weeks, though.

    #3 6 years ago