By Liam Gilroy on June 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm
A pair of Steam Workshop contributors were banned from the Steam Community last week, after Valve received a DMCA Takedown notice regarding the M4A4|Howl skin and Howling Dawn community sticker they had created for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. After discovering the artwork on the two items was not an original piece by the pair, Valve banned them, removed the items from the CS:GO Workshop and will not send the two any proceeds from the sale of either item.
The M4A4|Howl skin already sold for a preposterous price, with sellers expecting over $150 for it – but ever since the ban prices have skyrocketed – two have sold at the ridiculous price of $372.08, and others have sold similarly well. Part of the reason behind the exhorbitant pricing comes from the controversy now surrounding the item, but Valve have also played their part – as they explained in a community announcement on the subject, owners of the M4A4|Howl skin have had the item replaced by a new skin designed by the CS:GO team.
While some have said Valve’s method of dealing with the copyright infringement was exteme, it should be noted that Valve share responsibility as curators of the marketplace and therefore have good reason to stamp down hard on offending sellers. Plus, plagiarism is a dick move, for dicks.