Re: License for Help Files and startup screen

From: Patrick Dughi (
Date: 08/30/01

> Hey,
> > A. Can I put for a list of credits please type help credits?
> > B. Do I have to make it avail at the login screen?
>    Take a look at doc/license.doc. :o)
>    To paste the two key segments...
>    -- The login sequence must contain the names of the DikuMUD and
>    CircleMUD creators.  The 'login sequence' is defined as the text
>    seen by players between the time they connect to the MUD and when
>    they start to play the game itself.
>    -- The text in the 'credits' file distributed with CircleMUD must be
>    preserved.  You may add your own credits to the file, but the existing
>    text must not be removed, abridged, truncated, or changed in any way.
>    This file must be displayed when the 'credits' command is used from
>    within the MUD.
        In a related note, in the past, I've spoken with the copyright
holders and creators of dikumud, as well as most of the live codebases
derived from diku, and they stated they would change to the GPL very
quickly as it more exactly defines the spirit of the license they wished
to have.

        However, there was one sticking point; the GPL has no requirements
to require that the user of the game (a player) be shown the original
creators in the login sequence.

        This incarnation of the GPL has nothing to account for additional
restrictions, but they've promised to look at the next version of it.

        And, no, IANAL, but I have paid special attention to this issue.


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