A Statement from iCreate Ltd
As the creators of the My New Uni alternate reality game, in partnership with Staffordshire University, iCreate is pleased to confirm that this software program is being released under the BSD license - one of the most commonly used and widely acceptable open source licenses.
The "simplified" BSD license has been included in the headers of all source code relating to the game, and also in the meta data associated with the Installation program for the game. A copy of the license, in text format, has also been included in the root directory of the project. While the license acknowledges iCreate as the authors and publishers of the code (in partnership with Staffordshire University), it enables others to use and benefit from it, with very light control or restriction.
The "simplified", 2-clause form of the Berkeley Software Distribution License is a short and simple license that permits any user (or 'licensee') of the software to use, copy and distribute the modified or unmodified source code or binary form of the program, providing that all distributed copies also carry the BSD license. Such open source licensing of software contributes to the overall advancement in knowledge
By releasing the My New Uni program under the BSD license, iCreate is willingly contributing the investment of time, knowledge and understanding undertaken by ourselves and our client, Staffordshire University, in the development of this game, to the wider community. We hope that other educational institutions will be able to benefit from the learning and experience that we have gained in the making of this game.
By releasing the program under an open source license, we are also providing assurances to our clients and to the wider community that we, as a commercial organisation, will not attempt to hold a monopoly over the intellectual property held within this software program.
While we would certainly welcome all opportunities to develop the software further or to reuse it, in partnership with Staffordshire University or any other educational institution, we hereby confirm that if for any reason we are unable to undertake further development, or if we are not selected as the chosen supplier to take forward future versions of the code, our client, and the wider community, will not have lost the investment already made in this project, and will be able to use, copy, modify and distribute it without reference to iCreate Ltd.
Copyright 2011 iCreate Ltd. All rights reserved.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
- Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
- Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY ICREATE LTD ''AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL ICREATE LTD OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
The views and conclusions contained in the software and documentation are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing official policies, either expressed or implied, of iCreate Ltd.