worldmaker wrote:As a writer and inventor (a short story published for "FREE" under its own license, one patent in the process of application, other material under development) I am very aware of the issues and legalities of patent, copyright, trademark and related legislation, national to the UK and internationally.
If this is true, then why did you write the following in your original post?
worldmaker wrote:Does the unrestricted licence for tS permit reverse engineering, and replication of design and coding? According to the tS site you can download it without restriction. In legal terms that could be interpreted at a wide open invitation to take and use as you see fit, and that has been the basis of my effort during the last few hours.
It seems to indicate just the opposite---a lack of awareness of "legalities of patent, copyright, trademark and related legislation...". It seems to show a confusion of the difference between a license to use software versus ownership of the source code comprising the software. Plus it seems to show a confuson between copyrights (protection of the expression of an idea) and patents (protection of the idea, itself). These are issues that many people confuse---even those who have "experience".
We can all ask Microsoft and Roman to make the trueSpace source code available under an "open source" license. Roman, himself, should know who to contact at Microsoft so he would be a good place to start. He has promised to continue to be involved in the Caligari forum (and others like this one) so you might want to start a new topic addressed to him. But if Microsoft doesn't agree to release the trueSpace code, your stated efforts may be better spent in cooperation with a 3D project that already uses "open" source code.
Personally, I doubt that Microsoft will open the trueSpace code because they probably have other plans for it. But nothing would surprise me any more. I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that Roman sold Caligari to Microsoft in the first place. I don't get it---unless he simply wanted to cash out. And yet, that goes against what I know about him. Even his most recent actions to release the 7.61 beta show his great concern for and dedication to the trueSpace community. He genuinely wants to bring 3D to a very broad community so there must be more to the Microsoft deal than meets the eye and we can only surmise that those private plans must have evaporated when the economy turned south.
Best regards, First Light