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 ===== Rights and selling ====== ===== Rights and selling ======
-==== Can I sell my game made with EasyRPG? ====+==== Is there a catch to selling ​my game with EasyRPG? ====
-Yes, you can sell your own games. A game made with EasyRPG editor is not a modified ​source code of the software.+If you're worried about having to share the source code because EasyRPG is open-source, you've been mistaken! Software that'​s ​made with open-source compilers //can// be sold without having to share the source code. If that wasn't the case, that would ruin a lot of businesses. Ren'Py is an example of an open-source engine that currently has games being sold on it. Aside from the tutorial, name one game that has its source available.
-But remember the free software conditions: If you modify ​the source code of EasyRPG ​player distributed with your gameyou need to redistribute those changes. If you sell via internet or via CD, you need to include the source code changes in the package.+The free software conditions ​make it so that when you modify EasyRPG-- //not your game//-- you would have to share whatever ​changes ​you made to EasyRPG, and luckily our editor doesn'​t hold you to that. If you have to modify EasyRPG for your game, you will need to include ​what you changed along with the game'​s ​package ​(on the web or by retail box).
-You still can hold the full copyright over the game you made, of course if the game is made by you or you have the rights.+This does not mean you transfer your game's copyrights to anyone else! You still hold it, because ​you made it. You're not obligated to release it under the same license.
-==== What if include ​RTP replacement material ​in my game? ====+==== Can distribute a game I made with RTP replacement material? ====
-You can distribute it, sold or free (gratis), but you need to share the RTP replacement parts with their own license.+Yup, but you would need to share the RTP replacement parts including ​their license(s).
 ==== What if I modify RTP replacement material for my game? ==== ==== What if I modify RTP replacement material for my game? ====
-The modifications will have the same license ​as the RTP replacementIf you want the full rights, ​make materials from scratch or make edited or copied materials from public domain materials.+Then you would have to release it under the same share-alike ​license. ​You can only get the full rights ​when your derivative is not actually a derivative. Alternativelyyou can look to the public domain ​or Creative Commons Attribution-licensed ​materials. The CC BY license only requires attribution (giving credit).
-==== Somebody has violated my rights ​over my game. Can I claim my rights? ====+==== What rights ​are protected when I release a game? When does someone violate them? ====
-Of course, over your own partsIf the person just borrowed the free (libre) material parts of your game (player ​source ​code, RTP replacement material or derived works of them), it's legal because the license ​permits itBut if the person ​taken your own materials ​under your rights violating your license, you can claim your rights.+The rights to your own assetsFree and open source ​components are not entirely yours, and any user who has used those components have not violated your rights. These components can be the EasyRPG Player, RTP replacement material ​//or derivatives//​and it'​s ​within ​legal bounds ​because ​it's permitted by the license. ​Any user that has taken what is clearly ​your own original ​materials ​could be infringing ​your rights.
-==== Can I get a full rights from a specific ​RTP replacement ​material? ====+==== Is it possible to have the RTP replacement's share-alike requirement waivered upon request? ====
-Just talk with the creator of that material. ​That person ​is the copyright holder ​and can make a custom ​license for you.+That is up to their author to decide. Get in contact with them, and they can discuss ​custom ​licensing with you.
-==== Can I sell the EasyRPG ​software ​itself? ====+==== Can I sell EasyRPG itself? ====
-Yes, you canRemember ​you need to publish your source code changes ​if you make any modifications,​ sold or free (gratis), of a published distribution.+Yes. Just be sure to include any changes ​you've made to the source code if any.
-==== I use a modified ​version of the EasyRPG ​editor ​not affecting ​the EasyRPG Player ​code but we want to distribute ​it. Can I distribute the game without ​distributing ​the source code of the editor? ====+==== I'm using a modified editor ​that has no effect on the EasyRPG Player. Is it still possible ​to distribute ​my game without ​having to share the source code of the modified ​editor? ====
-When you distribute ​the game, you generally distribute EasyRPG player binary. If the binary is not a custom version, you not need to distribute code of the player, you simply can link to the site including these binary and source (typically ​the official project homepage). +It's considered good practice to share changes with the communitybut you'​re ​not obligated ​to share your changes if the Player'​s binary doesn'​t change. You could link to the EasyRPG ​site that includes ​the binaries ​and sourceit's typically found at the homepage.
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-If the editor is custom is not a problem because you did not made a distribution of the editor part, but if you make a modification affecting both player ​and editor, you need to redistribute the source ​code editor part only if you distribute a binary part of the editor (generally you will not need to do release ​it, but it you don't release ​the binary, it would be a good practice to share the sources to the community) and you need to redistribute the source code of the player part if you distribute the modified player binary.+
 ===== About the player ===== ===== About the player =====
-==== Will the game xx be working on EasyRPG? ====+==== Will this game work with EasyRPG? ====
-The player wants to be 100% compatible ​with RPG Maker 2000 and 2003. If the game work with the original ​RPG Maker 2000 or 2003the game should work with EasyRPGIf the game does not workEasyRPG ​is not completed yet or it'​s ​EasyRPG ​bug.+We want 100% compatibility ​with RPG Maker 2000 and 2003 games so that when they run on the original ​enginesthey also run hereAny game or feature in a game that does not work in EasyRPG ​when it does in RPG Maker should get respective ​bug report or feature.
-==== My game uses unofficial hacks, for example, ​Power Mode or DynRPG. Will my game work with EasyRPG? ====+==== Will unofficial hacks like Power Mode or DynRPG work with EasyRPG? ====
-No, we don't know about unofficial hacks and there are a bunch of them. Is hard to implement all of them without ​help or direct contribution of their authors in the EasyRPG code. Furthermore,​ there are few projects using these hacks, the priority is to emulate completely ​RPG Maker first.+It's hard to tell; we don't know if they do, and it's difficult to account for them. We often need help from developers familiar with those hacks or their creators so that we can better focus on getting ​RPG Maker completely reimplemented.
-==== Can I run EasyRPG ​games on the xxx platform ​operating system? ====+==== Can I run games using EasyRPG ​on this platform ​or operating system? ====
-The EasyRPG ​player works with the widely ​ported ​SDL library. The rest of the player are platform independent codeJust see if SDL is ported ​to that platform / operating system.+Probably. ​EasyRPG ​Player uses SDL, which itself has been ported ​to a wide range of platformsThat is the only requirement ​to getting it working.
 ===== About the editor ===== ===== About the editor =====
-==== Can I save modified ​RPG Maker 2000/2003 games in their own formats? ====+==== I've modified a game that was made in RPG Maker. ​Can I save it back to RPG Maker's format? ====
-No, the EasyRPG ​editor only will import games and it will save them on a new, extensible format, ​supported by EasyRPG player.+Nope. The editor ​can only import ​RPG Maker games to a new, extensible format,
-Is better to work on a new format because we can do anything without limitations. For example, we expect to make individual files for each database entry instead of big files, for easier ​sharing ​of resources ​between ​game developers. For example: data/​actors/​0001.xml (or any other extensible format, XML is just an example, too).+This is because the old format is limited, and games can be made better ​this way. It also allows us to go beyond what the RPG Maker engines could do. For example, we expect to make individual files for each database entry instead of big files. This makes sharing resources ​easier for game developers, like so: data/​actors/​0001.xml (or any other extensible format, XML is just one example).
 ==== Will the editor have new features? ==== ==== Will the editor have new features? ====
-Yes, but the first goal is to fully support RPG Maker 2000/2003 playingThe editor ​has less priority ​until the full emulation ​is done. +It's planned, but our main priority ​is compatibilityThat means the editor ​will get a smaller focus until the player ​is accurate. The editor's code depends a lot on the player and it needs to be stabilized first.
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-The editor depends a lot of the player ​source code and it needs to be stabilized first.+
 ===== About the goals ===== ===== About the goals =====
-==== When EasyRPG ​will be completed? ====+==== When will the project ​be completed? ====
-When it will be done.+When it finishes. We don't have a timeframe.
-Of course, if you contribute with the project, probably the project will be completed sooner. The most interested ​people ​in complete ​the project are working ​on it to make it possible, why you don't?+If you want the project ​to be completed sooner, you can contribute! After all, the people ​most interested in EasyRPG are the ones working to complete ​it.
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