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Submission + - Could Amazon Be Planning An iPod Killer? (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Amazon.com has registered the domain name AmazonMusicPlayer.com, suggesting to some that the company may be planning to branch out into the portable media player market currently dominated by Apple.

Speculation about Amazon launching a music player goes back over four years, when a Wall Street Journal article incorrectly reported that the company was planning to rival the iPod.

Open Source

Submission + - Saga of Ryzom goes AGPL

SBFCOblivion writes: Saga of Ryzom announced the full release of their source code and artwork today. The world data is not being released so you will first have to develop your own world if you wish to run a server. Unfortunately the world creation process relies on proprietary 3-D modeling software; but there is work already underway to enable the use of free software alternatives such as Blender. They're also partnering with the FSF who will be hosting the game's artistic assets. Brett Smith over at the FSF has a writeup with some additional details.
Open Source

Submission + - Ryzom MMO becomes Free Software (ryzom.com)

traldar writes: Ryzom has just been released as Free Software by Winch Gate. In a recognition to the efforts of people that proposed donations to open Ryzom, back in 2006. The whole source code of Ryzom (client, server and tools) is now under the GNU AGPLv3 Open Source license.But they've gone further! They have made available all the Ryzom art (textures, 3D objects, animations, particle effects) under the Creative Common Attribution-Share Alike license.
Open Source

Submission + - MMORPG 'Ryzom' releases code and art assets (fsf.org)

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:
http://dev.ryzom.com/
http://media.ryzom.com/

Submission + - MMORPG Ryzom Released Under the Terms of the AGPL

scottmaccal writes: Winch Gate Properties Ltd, has announced that it will be releasing the MMORPG Ryzom under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's GNU Affero General Public License.

I'm excited by the prospects of more free and open source software MMORPG creations as a result of this source code release.

Comment Re:In China, "copyright" means right to copy. (Score 1) 116

Maybe Green Dam contains copied without authorization -- I don't know.

But referring to copied code as "piracy" or "stolen" is propaganda, just as bad as the Chinese government's propaganda. The term "intellectual property" makes the article a vague and confused as the term itself -- http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html.

Whenever someone uses that term, you can't tell what in the world he might be talking about (unless you are an expert and can figure it out from other knowledge).

The Courts

Submission + - FSF Helps Jammie Thomas Get Expert vs. RIAA (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "With a $3000 grant in hand from the Expert Witness Defense Fund administered by the Free Software Foundation to help defendants in RIAA lawsuits, Jammie Thomas has asked the Court for an extension of time for discovery to enable her to retain an expert witness. The first time around, in her October, 2007, trial, she was unable to afford an expert. That verdict has since been set aside, and a new trial scheduled for March 9th of this year. This will be the second case in which the FSF has lent a hand, the first being UMG Recordings v. Lindor, where it contributed $2046.92 for the expert and $750.00 for the tech consultant. FSF's executive director Peter Brown told p2pnet today that 'Our concern was how the RIAA is trying to use this sledge-hammer against the poorest people in society to set precedents in copyright' and that 'the FSF still needs contributions so the fund can be used to help other people'."

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