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 Jun 06, 2005 - 05:18 PM - by Michael
* Music Licensing meets SWG

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Want to play music in SWG? Wired has the word - too bad, it's not allowed.

The reason? Copyright fears, apparently.

Players can play Wookiees or bounty hunters and even musicians -- like those in the cantina band from the original Star Wars.

As musicians, the characters play pretend, virtual instruments like the slitherhorn, ommni box or the nalargon, but are limited to a handful of canned tunes. Lawyers at Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts envision a legal nightmare if musicians were to re-create music copyrighted in the physical world.

"If we allowed someone to play anything they want, they could play a song by Madonna and then we'd have licensing issues," said Julio Torres, a producer for Star Wars Galaxies at LucasArts. "We don't want to give them the option to try, because the bottom line is, if we open that gate, they will go through it," he said.
Ouch.
 

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