Re: [andrew@AmbrosiaSW.com: Re: Copyright of maelstrom artwork]
On Tue, Mar 28, 2000 at 05:34:55AM -0800, Joseph Carter wrote:
> I think it's necessary to comment on this considering that I asked RMS
> recently about a project attempting to build a free dataset for the GPL
> Quake engines to use. It's possible he didn't quite understand what I
> wanted to do, but he suggested the artwork and such be released under a
> two-line verbatim copying only license.
> I was floored. Several other people were as well.
It seems to be RMS's position that "verbatim copying only" grants are
acceptable for things that he consideres art such as paintings and novels.
If RMS belived the .pak files to be purely artistic, it's likely that he
would draw the conclusion you mention above. However, I think what you're
referring to as artwork (and I'll hereafter refer to as graphics and models
to avoid confusion) is not purely artistic, but rather functional as well.
In order to create variations on play, one might need to modify the graphics
and models for that purpose.