Using datafiles infringe RTCW ET End User License Agreement?

Added by tauro almost 7 years ago

Hey guys,

I wanted to play ET but I was reading it’s license and found out it is very restrictive. If I understood right they GPLed their engine but not their data-files, didn’t they?

Because it’s confusing, if you try to download the game from Splash Damage as suggested here for example http://www.etlegacy.com/projects/etlegacy/wiki/Debian_6 you will see this license:

http://liberatedgames.org/licenses/RTCW-ET_End_User_License_Agreement.txt

Which clearly states:

1. ID grants to
you the non-exclusive and limited right to use the Software only in executable
or object code form. The term "Software" includes all elements of the
Software, including, without limitation, *data files and screen displays.

(...)

3. Prohibitions with Regard to the Software. You, whether directly or
indirectly, shall not do any of the following acts:

k. prepare or develop derivative works based upon the Software; or

l. modify, remove or alter this Agreement or any notices or other markings or
legends, such as trademark or copyright notices, affixed on or within the
Software.

I don’t know if this has been debated before, but I’m concerned.

Could anybody please tell me if it is legal to use the pak files with ET Legacy or not?

Thank you


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RE: Using datafiles infringe RTCW ET End User License Agreement? - Added by Radegast almost 7 years ago

tauro wrote:

If I understood right they GPLed their engine but not their data-files, didn’t they?

That is correct.

http://liberatedgames.org/licenses/RTCW-ET_End_User_License_Agreement.txt
Could anybody please tell me if it is legal to use the pak files with ET Legacy or not?

RTCW-ET license regarding engine is superseded by ET-GPL license. In case of data files, we are not allowed to directly distribute and modify them. However, we can distribute original installer, because it is freeware, and use datafiles from there.

I wrote a Letter to ZeniMax about this. However, I did not receive any reply from them.

You as an end-user don’t have to worry about breaching any licenses.

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