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From: Chris Gianelloni <wolf31o2@g.o>
Subject: Re: Question about other people's intellectual property
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 10:11:53 -0400
On Wed, 2005-04-13 at 15:40 +0200, Sven Vermeulen wrote:
> > Are you saying that even though someone could grant us a license that it
> > holds absolutely no value?  Does this mean we have exactly zero means of
> > getting licenses or engaging in partnerships with other companies?
> 
> No, it means that if the Gentoo Foundation gets a redistribution license
> from a third party that Gentoo can redistribute. If a developer abuses this
> trust and redistributes it personally (not by Gentoo) he is in error. In
> that case, the third party can blame (read: sue) the developer but not the
> Gentoo Foundation (unless the Gentoo Foundation has deliberately wrongfully
> misinformed that developer in which case it is the Foundation's liability).

That explanation makes it much clearer.  Thanks.

So basically, if I wanted to start working with some company to allow us
to redistribute their IP in an official manner, as explained above, then
I could do so, but the trustees would have to approve it, since it would
be the Foundation that is the legal entity which actually receives the
license, correct?

> But the Gentoo Foundation cannot engage a legal contract on the behalf of
> any Gentoo developer - with which I mean that the Gentoo Foundation can not
> see the (volunteering) developers as employees and has therefore no power
> over them.

I'm still a bit fuzzy on this part, but since you answered what I really
wanted to know above, I'll let it slide.

The deal is this:

I have been working on some new GameCD stuff, as you all are probably
aware of by now.  Well, I am getting to the point where I am ready to
distribute it.  The first GameCD that I wish to produce is an Unreal
Tournament 2004 Demo GameCD.  This was actually requested by Daniel
Vogel and Ryan Gordon, both of Epic.  Of course, this was requested way
back in February of 2004, so I don't know if the offer still stands.
Basically, I was going to contact Epic and see if they would grant us a
license to redistribute the game in a modified (installed) form.  I
would also want permission to use their logos for the game and
trademarks.

Would anyone have any objections to me beginning to pursue this?

-- 
Chris Gianelloni
Release Engineering - Strategic Lead/QA Manager
Games - Developer
Gentoo Linux
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