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[Bug-gnubg] Re: Using GNU engine for NetGammon cyber players

From: Øystein Johansen
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Re: Using GNU engine for NetGammon cyber players
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 19:31:08 +0100
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Hello Pierre!

Thanks for your request. I think the license question have been raised
before, many many years ago when GamesGrid wanted to create bots for
their service.

IANAL, but I believe using calculations and results from a GPLed program
inside a commercial product should be legal according to the GPL, so I
guess it would be ok from a GPL viewpoint.

The project does not receive ant fees from GamesGrid or Paul Magriel
either the the service they are providing, so I guess we can't accept a
fee from you either. The project doesn't have any economy at all, and
all contributions are done by volunteers. It has been discussed if we
should have some kind of economy/found for the project but I believe we
have partly rejected it since it may lead to internal arguments.

I suggest, as a fair compensation for usage of GNU backgammon at your
gaming server, that the GNU Backgammon developers and maintainers
receive a free lifetime membership at your server. I addition a nice
positive description of the GNU Backgammon project with a link to
www.gnubg.org at your web pages. Does that sound fair?

I'm copying this message to mailing list so the other developers may
read and suggest other things.

- -Øystein

Pierre Labbé wrote:
| Greetings M. Johansen,
| My name is Pierre Labbé and I am the Customer Service Representative on
| NetGammon.
| As you may know we have been using the Snowie engine on NetGammon for
| our players. However, for some reasons we are looking forward to create
| a new bread of cyber player using the GNU engine. I have been a long
| time user of GNU myself and often use it to perform analysis of matches
| for our players. It is my understanding that GNU being an open source
| code, we could use its motor to create our new Cyber players. However
| before doing so I wanted to ask you if it was indeed possible and if
| there are specific requests you may have toward us regarding this
| project such as licence fee, donation or publicity links.
| I know that you are quite busy with the GNU Backgammon project but if
| you have a little minute for me I would love to read you,
| Thank you very much for your time,
| Sincerely,
| Pierre Labbé
| NetGammon Customer Service Representative
| address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>
| http://www.netgammon.com <http://www.netgammon.com/>
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