5 minutes ago, Wellingtonzed said:
My question is this: im using several soundtracks from the old Command and Conquer series, will my upload to Steam be rejected since im using music that's not technically created by me?
My initial thoughts is no since im not profiting from any of it. Maybe ill have to credit it. don't know.
That is not how copyright works.
Check if the music is in public domain, or has a certain copyright (like Creative Commons) on it that allow you to use it in non-commercial projects. Probably not.
if the C&C series copyright holder finds you're using those songs and the songs are copyrighted (in a way you can't use them for projects), they can definitely sue.
7 minutes ago, Wellingtonzed said:
im not profiting from any of it.
You're not the the judge for that, neither is the C&C series owner. The judge will be, if they decide to sue you over it.
Plus, one could definitely argue you do profit from it.
Let's say 1000 people downloaded this game of yours. That is 1000 people that now know your name, game, etc. Those could be potential consumers of your next game, or could donate to you, etc.
The C&C series owner could definitely argue they are partially responsible for your game's success; because let's be honest: music is an important piece of a game.
Depending on how far they take it, they could sue for what they say their songs made you in money (indirectly).
So without even talking on if this is against Steam's TOS, you should think about copyright ramifications, which could be much worse.
Please do your research before using things you don't hold the copyright over.