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This is the homepage for the effort to relicense Angband and its derivatives to an open-source one, namely the GPL. At the moment, it uses its own licence which prevents it from being widely distributed.

If you've ever worked on Angband, please see if your name is on the /Missing page, and if it is, please consider supporting the project by giving your permission to distribute your code under the GPL (or place it in the public domain).

If you want more information on how to deal with licensing as a variant developer, please see the /Guide page.

The current licence

This software may be copied and distributed for educational, research, and not for profit purposes provided that this copyright and statement are included in all such copies. Other copyrights may also apply.

This licence has three problems:

  1. It doesn't explictly allow modification of the code. This is ignored in practice.
  2. It allows a derivative version of Angband to be closed-source. This is frowned upon by the Angband community.
  3. It is not a Free Software licence because of the "not for profit" term. This means that the game cannot be included on coverdiscs or in Linux distributions, or use SourceForge hosting.

The licence, then, doesn't represent the accepted practice of the community, and so it should be changed so it does. Robert Rühlmann, with the co-operation of Ben Harrison, thus started the Angband GPL effort, to bring the code also under the licence of the GNU General Public Licence. (Note that the code is dual-licenced: that is, it can be redistributed under either the GPL or the Angband licence -- or both. Linux distributions would distribute it under the GPL.)

Adding yourself to the list

If you want to put your name down on the list, please copy and paste the following text on the forums or newsgroup:

I hereby release all my changes to the Angband code under the terms of the GNU General Public License (version 2), as well as under the traditional Angband license. It may be redistributed under the terms of the GPL (version 2 or any later version), or under the terms of the traditional Angband license.

Alternatively, you can register yourself for putting your code under into the Public Domain, if you disagree with the philosophy with the GPL. If you want to do this, then please follow the same process as above, substituting words where appropriate.