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Title: Public domain content allowed?
Post by: BrainChemistry on October 03, 2008, 04:23:34 am
Hi there,

I'd like to know if public domain content (e.g. textures) are allowed since the nature of public domain allows anybody to re-license this content (e.g. GPL 2).

In my special case it is about textures I use for a map which are noted to be public domain. As I understand public domain I could use these textures in my map and release the map as GPL 2 (including the former public domain textures) to go along with OA's license rules. Since this topic might be of general interest I posted this topic in the general development forum.

Any hints why or why not public domain is allowed is very welcome.


Title: Re: Public domain content allowed?
Post by: andrewj on October 03, 2008, 06:13:47 am
Truly public domain has less restrictions that the GPL and hence is perfectly compatible with the GPL.  So there is no issue with using truly public domain stuff in OpenArena.

I say "truly" because sometimes when people say their work is public domain they actually mean something else (something with extra restrictions on it, like a non-commercial restriction).

If you can show reasonable evidence that the textures are truly public domain, I think your map is a lot more likely to be accepted by the OA developers [assuming the quality of the map is up to scratch, of course].


Title: Re: Public domain content allowed?
Post by: fromhell on October 03, 2008, 09:32:40 pm
Yes. Public domain music however (as in, truly expired recordings of unfitting old-timey music) is unacceptable though.


Title: Re: Public domain content allowed?
Post by: BrainChemistry on October 08, 2008, 07:47:37 am
I see. Thanks.