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Man it's been a while haha. I'm just wondering, is it within our rights to take a MIDI from 2k3 (or XP or 2k or even 95) and put it into a DAW and remix it? I own 2k3 so I know I can use its music as it is, but I'm not sure about the legality of editing it, or even totally remaking it.
I was going to ask this in the official RM forum but that site confuses me with its many, many subforums, I had no idea where to place this question. Plus I like this place better :P
Pretty sure no one here is a lawyer, a real lawyer probably wouldn't give free legal advice to a stranger anyway, and even if I did the answer would probably be a long winded version of "it's complicated".
Here is my likely ignorant rule of thumb though: It's always gonna be a gamble.
How so? Well let's imagine a game. So you want to use this music... You got to make a bet! If you win you keep your money and get to use the music, if you lose you lose all the money. But there is a trick! Not only is it a bet, it's a blind bet. You have no idea how much you bet unless you lose.
Okay let's look at your hand. Oh so you own 2k3, okay add some points. Oooh, but you aren't actually using the music in 2k3, that may cost you some points. Oh but you aren't actually using the music it's self, okay add some points... but it is a remix so take some away. Uh oh, you are using the original midi? My my that might cost you some points! And so on.
Now to your opponent. They only get to play if they pay attention. If they don't notice you use the song at all you might win by default! But not so fast! They can play any time they want so it might be years before they make a move and you won't know!
So you have your hand and your opponent has theirs. What kind of hand could they have? Now if they play they may or may not have a better hand then you, but that's not the end of the game! Oh no no no. If your opponent plays they can use money counter bet by hiring a good team of lawyers. Now you have an opportunity to counter counter bet, but I bet you have far less money then they do don't you?
Now I donno about you, but that all kinda sounds sus to me. I think I rather not play that game and just use free stuff or make my own when I can. :3