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by SquireNed
02 Feb 2014, 00:00
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

Oh thats actually more limits for mods than I expected. So I have this texture mod wich I could upload completely free of vanilla textures when I change something. But reading the last posts I assume that even normal maps for the vanilla textures are not allowed? Just as a reminder there are tons o...
by SquireNed
01 Feb 2014, 18:43
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

If you are giving advice that could potentially get you in trouble, why would you be giving it to begin with? Really, the simplest way way is to simply say that anyone who follows your advice is on their own blah blah blah. I put in disclaimers everywhere I think problems could arise here, and ther...
by SquireNed
01 Feb 2014, 18:09
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

Legal liability. I don't want to go to court because someone got their buttocks sued off because of my advice. Especially considering that I studied copyright law with someone whose personal convictions call for a much more limited copyright law, and I probably picked up a little bit of that (not th...
by SquireNed
01 Feb 2014, 00:01
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

That's exactly OpenMW's legal status. It's also why OpenMW mods that include vanilla Morrowind content can be a little risky. A little risky for whom? Surely not for OpenMW. I mean, I could hypothetically create a mod that introduces child porn into the game somehow. That wouldn't make suddenly mak...
by SquireNed
31 Jan 2014, 16:10
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

How's this: OpenMW is an engine that just so happens to be able to read Morrowind's data files? You don't have to, of course. You can make a whole new game for it and it won't have anything to do with Morrowind. What's more, this team creates tools to do so! That's exactly OpenMW's legal status. It...
by SquireNed
31 Jan 2014, 01:56
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

Wait, can we make mods for OpenMW that can't be used in Morrowind that *don't* distribute any Morrowind assets? It's theoretically possible, for sure. The file format, for instance, is not protected under copyright (and Morrowind's about old enough that it's not eligible for any IP protection at al...
by SquireNed
30 Jan 2014, 15:49
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

Understand that there is a difference between having a right to something and enforcing it. There is no penalty for not enforcing your copyright (other than it looking bad if you know about infringement, wait a while, don't send a C&D, and then file a lawsuit, as it's usually deemed as being an atte...
by SquireNed
29 Jan 2014, 15:55
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

We could actually make mods that aren't compatible with Morrowind's game that use the content, but we just shouldn't do so under the OpenMW banner and we should take care to ensure that they remain inoperable without a legal copy of Morrowind (to such a degree as the burden is on Bethesda to prevent...
by SquireNed
29 Jan 2014, 04:40
Forum: Feature Requests and Suggestions
Topic: Mod packaging and repositories
Replies: 50
Views: 9816

Re: Mod packaging and repositories

Okulo brings up a good point. It's theoretically possible to get permission for such a system. Similarly, barring an explicit request not to use such a tool to access the site (read the fine print on the TOS where they exist, though I can't find such a thing on the Nexus website). Given that OpenMW ...
by SquireNed
29 Jan 2014, 04:33
Forum: General
Topic: Splash screens
Replies: 55
Views: 11894

Re: Splash screens

Any large-scale mods that are undertaken as part of OpenMW should be built around the concept of non-distribution of vanilla Morrowind content. Truth be told, we're not likely to see Bethesda sue OpenMW over that so long as the game continues to need the original .esm. If original content is not red...