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Hi there,

I'm working on a new modification and I took a some solutions from other mods.
Should I ask the real developer for permission to use part of his code or only enough to mention about this fact in the description of my mod?

Thanks for any answers.
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What I've done in the past is ask for permission. If permission is given, I then credit them in the install file and before/after the code I used.
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Thanks for the quick reply and good directing of me.

But what to do if the MOD author has not been active recently or he is no longer provide development of this MOD?
Whether it's still required permission to use his code?
So if I can't get permission then can' t use his code also?

I think, stays a moral dilemma - use or not...
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If the mod was released here (on phpbb.com), it was released under the gnu general public licence which generally allows anyone to use it (or modify it) so long as the person using or modifying it gives credit and does not charge others for the result (see the "License and English support" section when you open up the mod's xml file in a browser). This means you don't need permission. If you've just copied a little snippet I would just mention it as a comment in the code (and perhaps pm the author as a courtesy to thank him for what you've used...). If you've copied something more major you may want to ask the author whether he or she would like credit as a co-author in the mod xml.

I am not an expert on the gnu general public license, so if anyone has any comments or corrections on what I've said please feel free to weigh in.
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in my understanding of the license there is no restriction on charging for something as long as you give people the same rights you have and give them the source as well.

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all4phone wrote:But what to do if the MOD author has not been active recently or he is no longer provide development of this MOD?
Whether it's still required permission to use his code?
So if I can't get permission then can' t use his code also?
Contacting the author is a courtesy, not something required. Giving credit is (as has been pointed out). That's the point I was trying to make. If the MOD author is no longer active, you can still use their code - just give the proper credit.
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All of you guys, I really thank you.
Your answers are all about it that's what I mean to do, thanks again.
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t_backoff wrote:Contacting the author is a courtesy, not something required. Giving credit is (as has been pointed out). That's the point I was trying to make. If the MOD author is no longer active, you can still use their code - just give the proper credit.
Giving credit is not required, but sure is a nice thing to do.
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Yes, thank you, I'm gonna do this.
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