Bug#501508: openarena-data: openarena contains materials from non-free sources
jmm at inutil.org
Thu Oct 16 21:53:15 UTC 2008
Mike Swanson wrote:
> OpenArena contains characters derived from copyrighted sources without
> permission. Namely, the Doomguy (called Sarge in OpenArena) from id
> Software's Doom series and Quake III Arena, and an anime character
> which in-game is called Kyonshi (do not know the name of the show,
> however I noticed after seeing a clip on YouTube from the show:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv4U8OJMydk ). Just because the original
> materials weren't used, this is still derivation of copyrighted sources
> and illegal.
You'll need more convincing proof than just claiming that it's illegal.
The models in OpenArena might be influenced by external sources, but
that's just how art works and doesn't constitute a copyright infringement,
just like a clean room implementation of a program.
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