Re: Adventures of Lolo - 2dcoder (0 replies, 720 views) (2005-May-2)
"Technically the written work, (the source code), is original work even though it accomplished the same thing, so he couldn't be sued for that."
Like I said earlier, if this was the case we could all freely code clones of our favorite games and sell them OR give them away. It's the EXACT same legal priniciple as a band recording a cover of another group's song. Legally you have to get permission and buy a license to do it. Even if you aren't selling it, you have to get a license. And yes, Dabood isn't going to get sued for Lolo, but his documentation makes it appear he did the legal research and therefore in electronic form thought he was ok to pronounce his version as legal. (Which also gives the end user a false representaton of the game, as if it's a licensed version.) Again, there's plenty of data on the internet to support this discussion. I know there have been shockwave games removed from sites because the original owner stepped in. These comments are not meant as anything negative towards Dabooda, the more I learn about his programming efforts the more impressed I become. But if he thinks he's protected somehow and is really coding "legal" games this way, he is sadly mistaken. It's always ok to do stuff like this, until you get caught. ;)

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