[MUD-Dev] Proper liscense for MUD source? Perhaps not GPL... (fwd)

Christopher Allen ChristopherA at Skotos.net
Mon Dec 20 20:03:25 New Zealand Daylight Time 1999


We have a similar problem.

We are approaching release of the SkotosLib on top of the DGD driver. We plan on
making commercial games with our code.

We own the rights to all of our code (including a substantial amount of cash to
buy rights to the DGD driver from Acuity/iChat) and the company has been working
full-time since last February on the library. So we don't want to give all of
this work free for someone to compete directly against us in the commercial
domain.

Yet we would like to offer non-commercial developers the ability to use our
library and driver to create games. This is both because we want to contribute
back to the community we have learned so much from, but also because we feel
that the community will contribute back to the product.

This is what I've come up with so far -- CONSIDER IT VERY ROUGH -- it was a
night of legal 'hacking' from various agreements and documents found elsewhere
and hasn't been reviewed extensively, needs more work, and hasn't had a lawyer
look at it yet.

I'd love your ideas and commentary on it.

Remember, our product is *NOT* intended to be open source -- our license to DGD
at minimum would prevent us from doing that.

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