Re: PiD port to alephone
Posted By: Forrest of B.orgDate: 1/15/19 8:02 a.m.

In Response To: PiD port to alephone (W'rkncacnter)

: Let's say for the sake of argument that I have a fully featured, fully
: complete port of Pathways Into Darkness to Aleph One.

: If this existed, it wouldn't use any of the original files directly, but it
: re-uses the same artwork, sounds, dialog, and maps. I don't think PiD is
: technically abandonware, so I'm wondering what would happen if I were to
: make something like this publicly available. I wouldn't want lawyers from
: Bungie to get angry with me.

: I'm assuming this is not a big deal since: * Bungie doesn't still sell PiD,
: and hasn't in ages.
: * Other marathon projects already use shapes/sounds from PiD, and it has
: never been a problem.
: * The game is available on macintosh garden and has been for ages, and Bungie
: has never had it removed.

: But I figured I'd check to see what other people thought about this, in case
: there's any major concern I'm overlooking.

: I mostly did this for fun and to see if I could, but it would be nice to be
: able to make it available to other people, since it would allow people
: without macs to play the game.

Legally speaking there isn't any such thing as "abandonware"; that's just a colloquial term to refer to things that, like PiD, have never been formally released under any kind of free or open license, but are generally ignored by their copyright owners, where violations are not prosecuted in practice.

I would think that your project would fall into exactly the same category as all those other things you list, like Macintosh Garden distributing it and Marathon scenario using assets from it: not technically condoned, but there's probably basically zero chance of anything bad actually happening as a consequence.

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PiD port to alephoneW'rkncacnter 1/14/19 7:28 p.m.
     Re: PiD port to alephoneForrest of B.org 1/15/19 8:02 a.m.
           Re: PiD port to alephoneW'rkncacnter 1/15/19 5:05 p.m.
     Re: PiD port to alephoneLion O Cyborg 1/15/19 2:20 p.m.
           Re: PiD port to alephoneDocument 12/28/19 5:39 p.m.
                 Re: PiD port to alephoneLion O Cyborg 12/29/19 11:01 a.m.
                       Re: PiD port to alephoneDocument 12/30/19 7:30 a.m.
                             Re: PiD port to alephoneLion O Cyborg 12/31/19 8:12 a.m.
                                   Re: PiD port to alephoneBob-B-Q 12/31/19 9:35 a.m.
                                         Re: PiD port to alephoneLion O Cyborg 12/31/19 3:05 p.m.
                                               Re: PiD port to alephoneGodot 1/1/20 11:40 p.m.
                                                     Re: PiD port to alephoneLion O Cyborg 1/2/20 6:31 a.m.

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