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jeremy
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« on: April 07, 2009, 04:36:06 PM CEST »

A couple of quick questions regarding the license after the Dev program is shut down.

Currently the license requires this notification:
"This product includes portions of the PopCap Games Framework (http://developer.popcap.com/)."

Should we continue to include this URL? (I'm assuming it will be a dead link.)

Also, will the license be changed when the code is put on SourceForge?

Thanks,
Jeremy
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W.P. van Paassen
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 10:17:04 AM CEST »

I would like to add that to my understanding (IANAL) the current license only protects PopCap Games from liability claims and not contributors to the project.


See below

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGMENT AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL POPCAP GAMES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE
 
That's why I've added an additional MIT license to all of my code contributions. This is however not making things clearer for any open source project.

So my suggestion is to add  the following
...IN NO EVENT SHALL POPCAP GAMES OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY .......

Just like it's done for example in the freebsd license (http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-license.html). This license also states that the views and conclusions of the contributors are not that of the copyright holder.

or

...POPCAP GAMES OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MODIFIES AND/OR CONVEYS
THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE BE LIABLE....

Just likes it's done in the GPL and LGPL

I hope this change is added and that PopCap releases the community version of this framework under a BSD style license like for instance the revised BSD license (without advertising clause)  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bsd_license),the freeBSD license or the LGPL v3.0 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-3.0.txt).

Whatever license is chosen, thanks PopCap for releasing your framework as a community project!
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