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Re: warsow: New version of warsow possibly non-distributable.

On Jan 21, 2008 8:13 PM, Ivan Vucica <ivucica@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Monday 21 January 2008, Andres Mejia wrote:
> > It appears that the new license for the data of warsow is even more
> > restrictive than the previous license. The new license reads.
> >
> > Warsow Content License
> >
> > Assets that are property of Chasseur de bots, use the following Warsow
> > Content License.
> >
> Cheers,
> looks like this refers to the data files. Since the binaries are already in
> contrib and data files are already in non-free, I think this is already
> resolved.
> Which bug are you referring to? 441435? Because that bug doesn't seem to
> apply.
> --
> Ivan Vucica

Indeed. The game engine is based on the QFusion engine and licensed
under the GNU General Public license. This does refer to warsow's data
files. The previous license for the data files read:

Game data files are copyrighted by their respective authors. You may only
redistribute the game data in unmodified form unless you have written
permission from the copyright owner.

This was fine at least for non-free. The new license now brings up a
completely different issue, not related to any prior issue. It places
even more restrictions on what can be done with the data files. The
new restrictions looks as though it will be illegal for Debian to do
anything with the data files. I don't think we could even write a
script that could download the data files as clause 3 of their new
license also contains "or in any way exploit any of the Material".

Andres Mejia

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