Microsoft "Game Content Usage Rules" sign now

Just recently, Microsoft has posted their new "Game Content Usage Rules". These rules state that for the following games:

Age of Empires (all versions)
Flight Simulator (all versions)*
Forza Motorsport (all versions)*
Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3 (when released)
Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing (all versions)*
Rise of Nations (all versions)
Viva Piсata

If you make a video of any sort involving these games you can't
a) You cant reverse engineer our games to access the assets or otherwise do things that the games dont normally permit in order to create your Items.

b) You cant use Game Content to create pornographic or obscene Items, or anything that contains vulgar, racist, hateful, or otherwise objectionable content.

c) You cant sell or otherwise earn anything from your Items. We will let you have advertising on the page with the Item on it, but thats it. That means you cant sell it, post it on a site that requires subscription or other fees, solicit donations of any kind (even by PayPal), use it to enter a contest or sweepstakes, or post it on a page you use to sell other items (even if those other items have nothing to do with Game Content or Microsoft).

d) You cant use the soundtracks or audio effects from the original game. We often license those from third parties and dont have the rights to pass them on to you.

e) You cant infringe anyones IP rights in your Item, even if the IP rights being infringed dont belong to Microsoft. Among other things that means you cant use any of Microsofts trademarked logos or names except in the ways described in the pages linked from
You cant add to the game universe or expand on the story told in the game with lost chapters or back story or anything like that.

f) You cant grant anyone the right to build on your creations. We dont mind if other people help you out, but you have to be clear with them that its not you giving permission, its us. (Thats how we make sure everyone plays by the same rules.)

While some of these rules are acceptable, most damage the future and seriously limit many things such as machinimas like "The Codex", "Red Vs Blue", and many more out there. We signed this this to lift the rules brought on to us by Microsoft and grant the freedom of many machinima makers across the world.

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Latest Signatures

  • 18 December 201550. Tyson Duncan
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 201549. Ultimanium Johns
    DAMN STRAIGHT. Lets get S.P.A.R.T.A.N rolling..
  • 27 November 201548. Matthew D
    Its not right. Why would they do this? It ruins so many great things
  • 21 November 201547. Jason S
    let machinima be avilable to everyone
  • 30 October 201546. Josh Buraknavysealp
    I support this petition
  • 16 September 201545. Diogo S
    I support this petition
  • 04 September 201544. Dj Nash
    No...Means No...?
  • 02 June 201543. Tj Riley
    I support this petition
  • 25 May 201542. Mitch Ball
    Let them do it!
  • 14 May 201541. Julian Braboj
    I support this petition
  • 23 April 201540. Bobby F
    i think we should be able to use the sound effects because we do not sell these we just make these machinimas for fun
  • 26 March 201539. Anshuman Liu
    I support this petition
  • 16 March 201538. Brant Molina
    This policy is pointless and M$ are just being rediculous.
  • 02 February 201537. Kyle B
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 201436. Wiihalo Cook
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 201435. Daniel Doyle
    These rules stop me from having fun making videos
  • 07 December 201434. Josh H
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 201433. Diogo F
    I support this petition
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  • 18 September 201431. Mike G
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  • 27 August 201430. Garrett O
    I support this petition
  • 03 July 201429. Andrew Alvarez
    I support this petition
  • 27 June 201428. Trevor K
    If we not using it to make money, why must we be limited? it's all advertising for your game in the end.
  • 07 June 201427. Anus R
    I support this petition
  • 01 June 201426. Steven M
    I support this petition
  • 13 May 201425. Dj Middleton
    I Mean Yes lET US DO THE S.P.A.R.T.A.N Series!!!
  • 05 April 201424. Nickb Higgins
    I support this petition

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