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Offline Gunteen6

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A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
So uh, howdy.

A friend of mine is working with a modding group for Freelancer and they, being incredibly impressed at the quality of work put into the models and assets used in Blue Planet, have asked that I ask if they can have permission to use those assets in their mod. Said friend is drafting a document to make something like this official as they have learned not to trust word of mouth agreements and contracts. I can post that here when it gets drafted but I wanted to go ahead and get a feel for the general opinion for the situation.

http://tekagis.de/ is the link for the mod in question.
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
contracts?
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
The team wants a formal contract to be used, preferably in writing or something. It seems a tad extreme, but they don't want to take any chances.

Basically they want permission to use the assets used in Blue Planet in their mod, but they want it in writing.
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
do you freelancers model your own stuff? :)
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Offline NGTM-1R

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
You should probably be aware most of the models were not made by the BP team, though some were modified by them.
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
I am aware that most of the models used did not originate with BP.

And there was a point in time where yes, a lot of Freelancer models were hand-made. But advancements in modding kits and such allowed better ports to be done.


I think the note should be added that what they want to use isn't just the models themselves, they want to use the models, textures, names, lore, weapons, whole shebang. They want the UEF Karuna, not the model it originated from. Adding UEF Hardware is their goal here as that is primarily what they were impressed by.
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Offline An4ximandros

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
Whoa, whoa whoa,  let me get this straight... they want a Blue Planet Freelancer mod?

 

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
That sounds pretty cool :) Is it set in that particular universe or is it like a "clash of universes" sort of thing with different technologies?

We're happy with others using mod assets so there's no issue there. I disagree that anything formal needs to be written: you're certainly not going to get into trouble from us for using them. Only trouble you'll run into (if you do at all) will be from outside the team, and if that happens having the formal contract isn't going to solve anything.

There's been Blue Planet ports for other engines like Homeworld 2 and Sins of a Solar Empire which I'm personally looking forward to.


 

Offline yuezhi

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you should sign, and add bosch beer to the agreement. :p
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
Yes, that's the other disadvantage of having a formal contract with us.

 

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
along comes Axem...
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
Yes, this will be a "clash of the universes" type of thing. its still way early in development and I probably can't show deets without permission from the devs. From what I have heard, the UEF tech will likely be Faction Only tech... and I do believe that I will end up being in that faction. but what that means is in systems owned by this faction, UEF Fighters and Frigates will be patrolling around and such. Don't think that they are going to use the stations... but its to early to tell. So far it looks pretty rad.

Updated my friend on the happenings, he's now interested in getting in contact with the original modellers for the assets... He also wants me to screenscrape the thread here for record keeping. It is nice to hear that so far the BP team is greenlighting the use of these assets though.  :yes:
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
The community here has always been extremely open about the use of released models and stuff anywhere you want (aside from a very few mods, TBP I'm looking at you). It's usually more than enough to just credit the authors involved, although asking for permission is always nicer and more polite.

Make sure to browse the wiki's User-made ship list for other stuff that might interest you, including the links to mod-specific ship lists on the top. Many of the ships featured here are old, but there are a few gems, and all of them are free to use and should have a download link available (if not, please let us know).
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
The models were already released for public use - otherwise BP wouldn't be using them either. What you should do for the models is open up the BP credits.tbl, or look up the wiki entries for the ships, and credit the original modelers and texturers. (Many of these ships have now been revamped by Esarai or Aesaar, who deserve credit too - I believe that applies on the Karuna, Narayana, Kent, Uriel, upgraded Diomedes and maybe a few others?)

For the lore and writing, please credit 'the Blue Planet team'; just a little note such as 'based on the Blue Planet mod for FreeSpace 2, blueplanet.hard-light.net' would be awesome.

 

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
To be honest, I can't exactly blame them for wanting something in writing. The older members on here will remember the rather heartbreaking disaster that was DiamondGeezer's Space : Above and Beyond port.

From the sound of it, they don't want a contract, they just want a Gentleman's Agreement that people from the Blue Planet team aren't going to turn up on their forum a year from now screaming "You stole our mod!" Something that they can simply link to and say "Here's the proof we didn't. Take it up with this Darius guy if you believe we did."
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
Some guy named 'Liam' working on a Sins mod called 'BluePlanet at War' has a ModDB presence pretty much the size of ours, and while he acknowledges his source material when asked (most of his website is just FreeSpace wiki and ingame tech entries copied wholesale), I don't think he even links to the BP page. If we were going to get snippy at anyone it'd probably be him.

 

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
Oh I'm not saying you're going to get snippy. Just that I fully understand the attitude of someone who wants something in writing. No one wants a repeat of the IPA nonsense again, but without something in writing, they are risking it.
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Yeah, definitely.

 

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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
No one wants a repeat of the IPA nonsense again, but without something in writing, they are risking it.
And to me, by being all paranoid about it, you're basically cockteasing me into doing it. But that's just me.
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Re: A Freelander Modding team seeks permissions to use Blue Planet Assets
Many communities are much more serious about asking permissions to convert/modify/port anyone's assets around. HLP is actually one of the most relaxed modding communities I've seen.
I think they're justified in being cautious about it, when it's doubt, it's always good to ask for permission (and when borowing physical objects, it's good to ask even if you're not in doubt).