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Open Source

Submission + - MMORPG 'Ryzom' releases code and art assets (

An anonymous reader writes: Ryzom is a 3D science-fantasy massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. On May 6th of 2010, its developer and publisher Winch Gate Property Limited announced that they are working with the Free Software Foundation to release the game's client and server source code, along with most of the art assets, under the AGPLv3 and Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 respectively. Ryzom itself will remain an active commercial product.

What is not being released:
- Sound and music, because Winch Gate does not currently have the legal rights to release them. They are however "trying to find an arrangement that will see these files released under a free license as well."
- Level design files, a.k.a. the world of Ryzom. Thus "the integrity of the game and story line" will be undisturbed.

Everything else is available now at the following websites:

The Courts

Submission + - An opportunity to End Software Patents (

byolinux writes: End Software Patents (ESP) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's (CAFC) rehearing of the In re Bilski case. The rehearing could lead to the elimination of patents on software. ESP executive director Ben Klemens said, "This is an historic opportunity to fix the US patent system, as the Bilski rehearing will directly address the boundaries of the subject matter of patents. In our brief, the End Software Patents project supports the Supreme Court's long-held position that computer software should not be patentable, and has highlighted to the Court the real economic harm software patents cause the US economy."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - FSF Fundraising for Freedom in 2008 (

hayalci writes: "The Free Software Foundation(FSF) is looking for new members and/or donations, which will boost the FSF's activities in 2008. Protecting your Freedoms since 1985, FSF recently published version 3 of the GNU GPL licence, and continued campaigns against software patents, DRM and closed hardware. These will continue in 2008 with the help from community. Visit appeal page, read about activities and plans of FSF, and join! You can also donate if you do not want to become a member. Membership page has some more details, and the appeal continues until end of January."

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