Mods as Lightning Rods: A Typology of Video Game Mods, Intellectual Property, and Social Benefit/Harm

@article{Kretzschmar2018ModsAL,
  title={Mods as Lightning Rods: A Typology of Video Game Mods, Intellectual Property, and Social Benefit/Harm},
  author={Mark Kretzschmar and Mel Stanfill},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={28},
  pages={517 - 536}
}
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