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Bug 720306 - games-strategy/lgeneral-1.4.3 includes non free game files by UBI Soft
Summary: games-strategy/lgeneral-1.4.3 includes non free game files by UBI Soft
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Licenses team
Depends on:
Reported: 2020-05-01 17:14 UTC by Jonas Stein
Modified: 2020-05-01 21:27 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Jonas Stein gentoo-dev 2020-05-01 17:14:07 UTC
SRC_URI mirror://sourceforge/${PN}/pg-data.tar.gz
includes the following README


         Panzer General Data (DOS Version)

The contents of this package is copyrighted by SSI which is now part 
of UBI Soft. I did not receive an answer for a request on whether I 
may use the Panzer General data for LGeneral, which is a non-commercial
product. I assume that no response means, that they don't care about it.
As UBI Soft does not sell this game any longer and as I do not earn any
money with LGeneral, I have made some of the PG resources available for 
download in the spirit of abandonware and to keep a great game alive.

However, if you still sell Panzer General (DOS Version) and think that
financial damage is done to you or if you hold the copyright for this game
and do not want me to publish some of its data, please contact me 

You have to use LGC-PG (included to the LGeneral package) to convert
the data. For example, if you have installed LGeneral to the
default path /usr/local/share/games/lgeneral and extracted this data
package to ~/tmp/pg-data, then run (as ROOT)

  lgc-pg -s ~/tmp/pg-data -d /usr/local/share/games/lgeneral

For more information on the converter please see README.lgc-pg from
the source package.

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Comment 1 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2020-05-01 19:28:23 UTC
The information from that README basically says that this package cannot be redistributed, and that upstream is distributing it without having the right to do so.

I guess that means that we must remove this package.
Comment 2 James Le Cuirot gentoo-dev 2020-05-01 19:39:37 UTC
It does say you can provide the data yourself. I was half way to asking whether there's any point but it's not *that* long since this saw a new release and Soap only bumped it in January. I could give it a look.

I think upstream's stance is reasonable even though it's not acceptable for us. The stupid part is that, if the screenshots are anything to go by, you could probably get much better permissively licensed images for free or for a small fee.
Comment 3 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2020-05-01 19:43:23 UTC
Sure, just removing pg-data.tar.gz would be fine. Maybe add a README.gentoo with instructions that users who own a legal copy of the game can install these assets themselves?
Comment 4 Jonas Stein gentoo-dev 2020-05-01 21:27:21 UTC
removing pg-data.tar.gz is what ubuntu/mint did.
It is fine then, but you have a broken entry for WWII Scenario in the game menu.
I think we can solve this with an einfo if no one has objections.