On Tue, 16 Sep 2008 20:36:42 -0700 (PDT)
Post by Christopher Dick
I was just wondering if purchasing a copy of a game, and say a
six-month subscription's worth of access to "donate" to Codeweavers
was something that was "allowed" for potentially working on getting a
software package working. In this case, of course, a game.
Well, of course you don't "buy" a Windows game (or an Apple game, come
to that). What you are doing is purchasing a licence to use that piece
of software under conditions that the owners allow, not the software.
So you'd have to look at the conditions of the licence to find out.
Some licences (such as the GPL, for instance) allow users of software
to use the hardware as if they own it: others do not. Wine, the
software package at the core of Codeweavers' products, is free (as in
freedom), open source, and covered by provisions of the GPL. I'm not
sure what the situation is with the most specific Codeweavers' products
(Crossover Linux, Crossover Mac, etc), and Codeweavers do not publish
their licence on their website nor indicate if they are publish under
However, a principle of the GPL is that software may be worked upon and
improved, but if then published, the new source must accompany it
('published' has different meanings in the the law of different
countries, so be careful - in the UK, it means "seen by more than two
So, the answer is....it depends, If the bit you want to change relates
to a GPL licenced software, then yes, you can change it, but if the bit
you want to change is covered by a different licence then it depends
what the licence says, but probably not......