Copyright Inquiry on Roblox's "Classic" Soundtrack

Hi there,

I am currently reviewing the material in my game for any potential copyright infringement, and I am unsure whether the soundtracks associated with Roblox’s classic era are indeed infringed upon. This goes for myself and all of Roblox. I have emailed Roblox Support four times, but they either have not answered my question by providing me with unnecessary information or said they could not give advice. Further, I have endeavoured to contact Roblox’s legal team, though to no avail.

A list is detailed below of such songs:

Therefore, is someone able to provide me with legal documentation or share some insight about this problem? I am aware that some of Roblox’s audio has been copyright claimed (e.g., Nezerra is blocked by Roblox’s automated copyright system) so this is an urgent task to avoid any trouble.

Many thanks

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UPDATE

I have done some research, particularly on the soundtracks by Minomus (which is now Soft Knees) and Positively Dark, and I thought to post it for the benefit of all users on this platform.

Wind of the Fjords has a particularly interesting story. It is free to download for private use but not for commercial use/the license does not cover its use in videos and games. It has been (and still continues to be!) so prominent on Roblox because a Roblox worker added it to Roblox’s marketplace/official soundtrack without permission from Minomus a decade ago. Consequently, many people on the platform (including YouTube) are using the song without proper permission from them, and many people believe that because it has been used in the past (i.e., used in games associated with Roblox’s classic era), it is fine. However, there has been little Minomus could do about this situation due to the number of assets that are online and they do not have the time to file a copyright claim. However, they are open to paid licenses, which cost $150 USD.

Therefore, the right and just thing to do is to remove any presence of the song on this platform if you have not paid for the license.

The email that I received from them if you are interested in looking into the issue further:

"Nice to hear you enjoy Winds of Fjords. It indeed is a free download, but that is only for private use. If something is free to download, it does not grant permission to use it in videos, games, etc, and never has despite of many people using it since some Roblox worker added it there in the first place. So, the situation is that people keep using it and adding it without ever asking if it’s okay. Same thing with Youtube videos, etc. They think it’s fine because it has been in the game before and of pure ignorance about how copyrights work (never use without license or permission from original creator) and there is little I can do and as Roblox Corp is mega-sized corporation with minimal contact information for ordinary people without army of lawyers.

So, to be honest, I don’t have time or means to keep track of assets uploaded to Roblox and if you decide to use it in your game, I probably will never know (I have never played Roblox, never had an
account). But for those who want to do things right and fair way, there’s option to actually pay to me to obtain license for use of the song.

The license would cost 150 USD and come with following rules:

  • You have responsibility to keep it private audio asset in Roblox, so
    that your upload can be used only in your game/experience
  • You have right to use it in your game and videos directly related to
    your game (i.e. gameplay video, trailers, etc, but NOT a video with
    just the music and no content of your game)
  • You DO NOT have right to distribute, or sell it in any format,
    upload it to any streaming platforms or any other sites."

Here is a link to their website if you are interested in purchasing a license: https://softknees.bandcamp.com

On another note, Positively Dark has personally granted me the use of his song Awakening and is okay with users using some of his other songs, with credit, of course.

[Edited for clarity on 27/4/2023]

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After some digging, I found that “Jeff Syndicate - Hip Hop” is a mispell, its actually “Deff Syndicate - Hip Hop 1”.
This website hosts the original sound file, however it appears you need a license for commerical use, which they offer as well.
Given the description, the original composer would probably be okay with you using it if you’d like. I tried to find a contact for them but haven’t found one. Given how old the song is and how they seemingly have no internet presence, its likely it will be near impossible to contact them.

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I didn’t mention it the other day, but I found out that Zero-Project’s music is all free to use in Roblox games (and any other media at that) if the credits are given to the artist.

More info here: License - Frequently asked questions

Because I’ve answered my own questions, this reply will be marked as a solution.

Overall, it seems that Roblox users in the past have inserted soundtracks on the platform that they may not necessarily have owned the rights to use and distribute, so it’s best to confirm with the original artist.

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I’m reviving this thread, because I’m using few classic tracks in a new project and would also like to know what tracks are okay.

Tink (The Green Man) and Demonhunter (Age of Legends) creator, Pasi Sivula is also okay with his music used as said on his website. Creative Commons BY-SA.

Daniel Bautista’s Opening Theme (Music for a Film) is CC BY-SA 3.0, as listed on his website.

sorry to bump the thread, but two tracks i tried, those being

Audio/Happy Day In Robloxia - Roblox
Audio/Crossroads Times - Roblox

both failed, anyone know the copyright on these tracks, do want to use them as they both scream old Roblox, crossroads times being in a few crossroads games ive played, and Happy Day in Robloxia being the staple in games like survive the end of roblox, the Shirts and Pants update video from Shedletsky

Just evaluating this post as I don’t think this counts as “help and feedback” anymore, but rather someplace for community advice as it’s branching off from a personal question of mine.

Any ideas on what to change it to?

Thanks :+1:

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what about the xbox theme??? can’t forget about that :money_mouth_face:

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