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Open games with closed content

Jul 30, 2010, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Benko)

"Some Linux users have at least a general familiarity familiar with RMS's four freedoms and the GPL. Some of the games mentioned in this column, in the past as well as in the future, are licensed such that the game itself is under the GPL or a similarly free license, but the content is not. That is, you are free to do whatever you want with the game engine itself, but don't mess with the content.

"For example, let us consider the game Sauerbraten. Now, the Cube2 engine that is the heart and soul of Sauerbraten is totally copylefted. You can distribute it, modify it, and even rub it in your belly, if you so desire. However, the data files that are associated with Sauerbraten is not free."

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