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Re: [gNewSense-users] (nonfree) blobwars family of games

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] (nonfree) blobwars family of games
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 13:12:04 +0200
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Karl Goetz wrote:
Hi all,

I know some of you will have already seen this, but it seemed relevent
enough to post here. Sorry if its already come through, I didnt notice

It is with much regret that I have to ask you to remove the following packages from your repositories,

blobwars (Blob Wars : Metal Blob Solid)
starfighter (Project: Starfighter)
blobAndConquer (Blob Wars : Blob And Conquer)
viruskiller (Virus Killer)

It has been brought to my attention ... [the games] ... should all be removed
immediately to avoid any legal issues.

From ,
but i can dig out all the other references if you'd like them too.

(CCing gNS as we only dealt with blobwars).

I haven't followed this issue too closely, but I would like to again bring the graphics to the attention. I seems that Debian has only removed music and sounds [1]. Yet, as far as I know, only the source code explicitly has a license. The thread on Happy Penguin [2] says:

So I got an email reply form Scarfy, in which I got clarification on what needs replacement:

So, to clarify, the source code, data sets and graphics are Free. The rest
is unknown (but as far as I'm concerned, I'm just redistributing assets that
were already available freely).

But Free for Scarfy may not mean Free for Debian or gNewSense. I haven't looked at all the bug reports in detail, but I hope someone has taken this into account.


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