[Dev] Parabola stance on game assets

Luke Shumaker lukeshu at lukeshu.com
Fri Sep 28 20:00:22 GMT 2018

On Wed, 26 Sep 2018 21:42:21 -0400,
bill-auger wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Sep 2018 23:05:46 +0100 Adam wrote:
> > It is my understanding that if packages do not support free culture
> > then they should be removed from Parabola too, regardless of FSDG.
> that is correct - the FSDG only requires non-executable binaries to be
> freely distributable

That is not quite true.

The FSDG *does* require that *all* files be freely distributable.
It's the other 3 freedoms that are relaxed (use, modify, share

                        | 0. Use | 1. Modify | 2. Share | 3. Share modifications
    functional          |  yes   |    yes    |   yes    |          yes
    non-functional data |   no   |     no    |   yes    |           no

Put another way: A user needs to be allowed to make a DVD of the
entire FSDG system, and be allowed to sell it.  Therefore, all assets
we distribute (functional or not) need to be freely distributable,
including commercially.

Therefore, CC-ND is OK, but CC-NC is not.

A game that downloads -NC assets that are not included in the package
is an interesting question.  My gut reaction is that it's a loophole
and still violates the intent of the FSDG.

Happy hacking,
~ Luke Shumaker

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