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Re: non-satisfyable Recommends: in main (was Re: Bug#661329: recommends doom-wad which is only provided by non-free doom-wad-shareware)

On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 09:13:25PM +0100, Jon Dowland wrote:
> I had a plan to package a collection of PWADs ('patch' WADs - levels) as a
> package which I never did.  I'm going to see about picking that up tomorrow.
> I've identified two that are "public domain" and featured in a "100 best PWADs
> of all time" list in the last few years.  After that, I'm hoping to arrange
> access to the DB backing 'http://www.doomworld.com/idgames";, which has user-
> submitted ratings and a list of txt files supplied with each PWAD. Luckily,
> there was a widely-used txt-template that offered one of three "licenses"
> and the majority of people who created levels used the template and picked
> a license, so it should be possible to identify some highly-rated PWADs
> which have DFSG-compatible terms. ("you can do whatever you want with this
> file." was one of the license-texts; one of others was "you may use this
> as a base for another PWAD, but you must give the original author credit"
> which I think should pass, depending on how strict you want to be about
> interpreting the proscriptiveness of "base for another PWAD")

Most of WAD authors didn't put any thought into the license terms, me
included, and just picked any option at random.  I bet a majority of them
would be willing to relicense if asked.

Contacting those folks can be problematic, though -- 16-18 years later, few
email addresses are still valid.

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