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

From: Øystein Johansen
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Re: Using GNU engine for NetGammon cyber players
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2005 19:25:48 +0100
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macherius wrote:
| IANAL^3, and here are my 0.02.
| First I think it is a fair act of Pierre to ask the question at all,
| it would not have been required by the GPL.

Yes, The way he asks show that he is polite and the company he is
representing is a serious company.

| Second, I think a compensation of whatever kind to the long time
| gnubg hackers is just a matter of decency and manners. However,
| that's fully outside the GPL, which deals with software licensing and
| not with people.


| Still, a BG-playing bot on a gameserver is not unlike a machine
| printing money.

Here I disagree. You make it sound like it is a crime to be a good
player. Anyone who play a good player or a good bot must prepare for a
loss. I don't consider myself as a weak player, but I still don't play
anything for money on the net.

(My backgammon friends tells me I have to play for money on the net
because I can make big money on playing there. I'm such a good player
that I will make good money, they say. But why should I? I enjoy the
game, not the gambling. Even if I make a profit, I wouldn't say I'm
printing my own money just because I'm a good player.)

| Thirdly, if I had to summarize the GPL as briefly as possible, it
| would be: "Do whatever you like, but the sources are belong to us".

Very incorrect summary! Have you read the license? Have you read the
philosophy? Your summary sound more like the summary for the BSD
license. Check out the difference.

| So rather than money Pierre could offer code. The borderline is where
| GnuBG ends and the bot begins: at the interface level. So if
| netgammon worked in that area, it should give back the code for
| inclusion into the CVS.

Yes, we love code as well. ;-)

- -Øystein
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