The lights are on
Song licensing is what drove the music game craze a few years ago, but it also comes with its problems as well. Harmonix is notifying Rock Band owners what happens when a license expires.
On a Facebook posting, the company explains that some of the licenses for a "very limited number of songs" offered as DLC have expired and won't be available to purchase in the Rock Band store or first-party online marketplaces.
If you have already purchased the song, you are totally safe and nothing changes. It's still yours. Harmonix says that in the event you need to re-download a song you've already bought that has subsequently been pulled, "you should be able to do so even if that content is no longer available for new purchasers in the store."
What songs have been pulled due to expiring licenses? Harmonix says that as of now, only the Metallica Pack 01 featuring "Ride the Lightning," "And Justice for All," and "Blackened" are affected. Seems fitting Metallica would be involved, huh?
Harmonix says that it is working to try and extend the licenses for any content.
In the meantime, enjoy Rock Band's last DLC.
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Oh no I was gonna buy those maybe
Good job, Harmonix! Keep your fans happy and not worried. You guys should really be proud!
For a game that I haven't picked up in 2 years, really happy they are keeping people in the loop.
Rock Band is one of my favorite games of all time. And I love Harmonix.
Doesn't really bother me. Used to have 'em on Xbox, bought Rock Band for PS3 but lost interest. Good to know Harmonix still keeps players in the loop though. Other developers and publishers should take a cue from them.
Only reason why it's Metallica is because they now own all of their music through their own label, Blackened Recordings. WB no longer holds the rights to their catalog or has anything to do with Metallica. Thus, the reason why their songs are being removed from anything that has the WB copies due to publisher evolving rights and permissions.
"Seems fitting Metallica would be involved, huh?"
That's exactly what I was thinking while reading which albums were being removed.
Metallica, I am disappoint.
First you leave the "Little Boy Going to Hell" song out of the South Park movie soundtrack, and now this?!
Some expired a year ago. I tried to purchase Queen pack 2 (I think it was 2, the last one they did) a few months after it came out, and it was listed as unavailable. then it disappeared completely from the store.
"If you have already purchased the song, you are totally safe and nothing changes."
Great. I was getting worried there.
Why do you keep using that picture? I don't get it. Why is there a dude dressed up as Goldilocks?
Artist rips us off anyways! They make millions yet they can give up the songs for free,, wtf!
Well, at least I get to keep what I have...
Why can't Rock Band or Guitar Hero come back? But if it were to come back, then Guitar Hero shouldn't be released in 3 - 4 games a year. At least when Rock Band came out every 2 - 3 years, that the quality of the entire game was much better than anything Guitar Hero had ever done.
That's a bummer, but I don't play Rockband anymore along with a lot of other people, so I'm in the "not affected" group for sure.
I shouldn't had bought the rockband dlc