This question on music licensing has been downvoted a few times. Being relatively new to Arqade, I'd like to know why so I can avoid it in the future.

The question is on licensing for a game's music (for reuse in another game) rather than gameplay itself, despite the heavy 'gaming' tendancies, is this considered too off-topic by the community? If not, what are some reasons it would be voted down?

I tried to keep it short, factual, and clearly answerable. The resulting answer was quite clear-cut and I feel useful to the community.

Any advice or suggestions for future questions much appreciated.

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    Thanks for coming to meta to ask about it. :)
    – KatieK
    Dec 14, 2012 at 17:27

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The question you asked is not about playing a video game or operating video game related hardware. As such, it is not really on topic for this site, so I voted to close it.

Your question in particular is basically "What are the terms for using this copyrighted work in something I am creating?", which is in no way particularly related to video games and depends on the policy of the company that owns the copyrighted work. The first problem makes it off topic for the site and the second makes it not a good question for the network because the only people qualified to answer it are a subset of the people that work for the company, not experts on any particular topic.

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    OK, thanks for explaining, I mistakenly assumed the link to video-gaming was enough for relevancy but I see how tenuous that is in light of our response.
    – agryson
    Dec 13, 2012 at 22:54

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