Re: ITP some 13 years old code with unknown license
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Josh Triplett wrote:
| Harald Dunkel wrote:
|>This did work. Mouse told me that Blockade is "public domain",
|>which I would translate to BSD license. AFAIK this license
|>allows me to do whatever I like with the sources.
| "Public domain" has a specific legal meaning, and it isn't "under the
| BSD license". "Public domain" means "not copyrighted". This is
| actually even more permissive than the BSD license or any other
| copyright-based license, since the BSD license (and most others)
| requires you to include the copyright and license notice in source or
| binary distribution, and copyright law alone (even without a license)
| requires you to preserve copyright notices.
Mouse said so, too. OK for me.
Next question: Blockade contains a lot of game levels generated
by a lot of people. I have to assume that the included list
of contributors is complete. But is it save to assume that
their contributed work is in public domain, too? The game
is on the net since 1991 (even though it is pretty unknown),
and by now there were no objections, AFAIK.
BTW, the source package has been uploaded to mentors.debian.net.
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