Breaking the GNU agreement

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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:22 pm

Sorry if this has been posted before, But according to the rules of the GNU open source agreement the applications cannot be sold. I have bought what I did not know was open source from ebay (It does not say it in the auction), This is the listing http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... K:MEWNX:IT

Did you guys knoe about this?, The company behind this is known as CashGang.
They have 2 websites http://cashgang.net/ and http://cashgang.co.uk/
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:30 pm

Well, that is quite a WTF moment :shock:

You are correct, Construct is not meant to be sold like that (even if for hilariously low price that barely covers the cost of media and packaging). I'm sure the developers will get riled up about this.

As for that poor sucker that actually bid on the product... *facepalm* This program is free, just download the latest release, sheesh!
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:36 pm

All the CD's they send out are password protected, they make an executable which runs and installs DX9 plus the default installer for Construct. It also containst 20 tutorials that come from the scirra website and forums plus executable games.
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:47 pm

Methinks some legal ass-whooping is in order? :lol:
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:58 pm

I wonder if their intent was to provide a complete package for people without Internet access (or with 33.6k modems). The low price seems to suggest that; just enough to cover for the packaging and media.

Still, nobody should be able to sell anything without the original author's consent.
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:01 pm

Actually this is pretty close to legal. The way the GNU license is set up, you may charge a price for the postage, cd, etc. All the seller must do is make sure the source is included. I've seen this done hundreds of times with Gimp. So basically if your stupid enough to buy open source software its your own fault. All we can do is make sure everyone knows its free.
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:20 pm

:shock:
Pretty strange!
That auction has expired, but:
[url:2t4p1ajq]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390176553854[/url:2t4p1ajq]
Also, most of the description has been copy-pasted from the scirra site.
Also, they misspelled 'dispatched' in their important notice. :lol:
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:51 pm

Do you mind listing the executable games and tutorials you said it comes with? Also, Wow, and WTF! :mrgreen:
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:42 pm

They have a screenshot of my game This Cursed Rock on the "box."

This is pretty shitty if you ask me. I tried reporting the item but I don't know if the report went through because I don't have an ebay account.
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Post » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:56 pm

Newt, I think the difference would be that they pass it off as their own. (at least that's what it sounds like, I haven't checked)

That they're taking other people's games is definitely illegal.
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