I am building a game and would like to reuse a song from the Portal 2 soundtrack.

But while it's free as in free beer, I can find no information on licensing.

What are the licensing terms for reuse of the music?

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Its under copyright and they do not have any posted licensing terms, so unless you have a reason to claim 'fair use' there are no licensing terms.

If you want to license the music and include it in your game, you are going to have to contact valve. http://www.valvesoftware.com/contact/

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    Hmm... the project would not rely on the music to function, so I suppose fair use would be a bit of a stretch. I'll contact Valve. Thanks for the quick answer.
    – agryson
    Dec 13, 2012 at 21:01
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    @agryson Being necessary for your project wouldn't make it fair use anyway. It has to be commentary, parody, satire, reporting… that sort of thing. Dec 13, 2012 at 21:26
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    True, I mean to say artistically, the music is not the focus of my work, thus I'm not really adding anything to it or commenting on it in any way... the use is a licensable use because I'm just saving myself time and creative effort for which the original author can fairly expect recompense and using it without licensing would thus be 'unfair'. But thanks for articulating it better! :-D
    – agryson
    Dec 13, 2012 at 21:52
  • @agryson Aha, I understand now! Yes, that. :) Dec 13, 2012 at 23:58

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