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. -- // If you believe in so-called "intellectual property", please immediately // cease using counterfeit alphabets. Instead, contact the nearest temple // of Amon, whose priests will provide you with scribal services for all // your writing needs, for Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory prices.
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