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Re: Bug#412063: ITP: rott -- Rise of the Triad: The HUNT begins

Fabian Greffrath <fabian@ep1.rub.de>
> I have two questions addressed at the debian-legal team:
> (1) The shareware data files can be found at
> <ftp://ftp.3drealms.com/share/1rott13.zip>. Inside the zip file there is
> a file called `VENDOR.DOC' containing the copyright and licensing terms.
> As far as I understand the terms it is legally unobjective to
> automatically download and install the files as long as we do not
> actively redistribute them. Or are there any traps in the phrasing?

That zip does not contain that file:

Archive:  1rott13.zip
  Length     Date   Time    Name
 --------    ----   ----    ----
   142412  08-01-95 13:30   INSTALL.EXE
  3595834  08-01-95 13:30   ROTTSW13.SHR
      504  08-01-95 13:30   FILE_ID.DIZ
 --------                   -------
  3738750                   3 files

In general, I can't see how the terms of 1rott13.zip can affect whether
or not the GPL'd rott downloads it automatically.  It's up to the FTP
site owner to ban people if they object to downloading, IMO.  What
people do after downloading is not our concern.

If appropriate, please send the text of VENDOR.DOC to debian-legal again
with the question.

> (2) The game contains graphical violence. It has an RSAC rating of 4,
> whatever that means. However, the violence level is adjustable. To avoid
> problems (in countries that are very sensitive concerning graphical
> violence in computer games, e.g. Germany), should I hardcode the game to
> a lower violence level?

I think not, but I suspect it depends on your country.

> By the way, the game is on the German `Index' (some kind of nasties
> list). That means, it must not be sold to underage persons and not even
> be advertised *in Germany*. However, Quake 2 and Doom are on that list,
> too. Any advise?

German advertisers and distributors should already be aware of this
question.  See bug #313159

Personally, I do not understand how that German Index is a workable law,
but I'm not selling or advertising such materials to young Germans.
My Opinion Only: see http://people.debian.org/~mjr/
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