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Freeness of data in games

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libervisco wrote: So.. what
libervisco wrote:

So.. what now?

Ask yourself if his answers changes anything for you? Are you comfortable installing PlaneShift and running that? Would you be comfortable encouraging others to install that? If so, then I think we should perhaps offer a two-tier contest... Art + Free Software and Free Software + Free Art.

Another question... Since rms says that it's not an "ethical imperitive" to have art be Free, does that even go as far as allowing art that does NOT allow non-commercial copying? The Firefox logo, for instance, can not be used on commercial or NON-Commercial works without explicit permission from Mozilla Corp, but people seem to stare quizically when you suggest they use Iceweasel or when you use CentOS over RHEL.

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Kevin Dean wrote: Ask
Kevin Dean wrote:

Ask yourself if his answers changes anything for you? Are you comfortable installing PlaneShift and running that? Would you be comfortable encouraging others to install that?

Well if I am convinced that it is not an ethical problem to use something like PlaneShift then my resistance level to it is very much lessened, to a point of being quite comfortable in using it, but not still as comfortable as using a completely free game like Nexuiz or OpenArena. Would I recommend it? Only if it is exactly what one I am recommending to is looking for. But if someone just asks for good games for GNU/Linux I would first recommend ones with both free engine and data and say that I prefer those, and only then mention the existence of those with a bit more restricted data, quoting that as a disadvantage.

Kevin Dean wrote:

If so, then I think we should perhaps offer a two-tier contest... Art + Free Software and Free Software + Free Art.

If there will be no loud objections we will probably go with games with only free data if anything then because that's what most people already voted for and also because, after all, as a Libervis community we should by default always prefer something less restrictive, whether it is an ethical imperative or not.

Kevin Dean wrote:

Another question... Since rms says that it's not an "ethical imperitive" to have art be Free, does that even go as far as allowing art that does NOT allow non-commercial copying?

I didn't specifically ask this, but I vividly remember him saying that the minimal freedom should be non-commercial sharing, so I suppose the answer is no.

Which makes you quite right about Firefox and RHEL, if you don't mind me saying; unfortunately. :S

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