Netrek software is distributed under several different licenses, some
that may even be in conflict with one another.  Unfortunately, past
attempts to resolve this issue were in vain due to the fact that it was
impossible to contact all significant contributors to rerelease their
works under a formal license.  Although the consensus is that Netrek
software license is more BSD-ish than GPL-ish, there is still
disagreement about whether it may be distributed for-profit.

Also, compiled Netrek binaries fall under U.S. export control
regulations covering cryptography.  All binary software distributed
under the umbrella are exempted under these regulations
because I have secured that exemption on behalf of the netrek community.
If Alex redistributes Netrek binary software containing encryption, then
he or his company may need to obtain permission from U.S. Bureau of
Industry and Security like we did.

A clearer understanding of Alex's purpose and motivation may help.  But
the bottom line is that the netrek community does not have collective
authority to grant a special license or collect any fees, so it may be
best to simply quote the Netrek license to him in response, notify him
of the cryptographic nature of Netrek software, request (but not
require) reasonable publicity for Netrek (pointer to web page, etc), and
leave it at that.

On Fri, Apr 23, 2004 at 01:49:19AM +0200, E. Hietbrink wrote:
> Ok, I'm a bit confused. I have no clue what this guys intent is,
> but since he has responded he seems sincere. What to do? I have no clue
> on whether he plans on making money off it for instance. I lack details,
> and would like to know how to proceed.
> Advise please. asap.
> Greetx, Erik

> Subject: Re: Netrek licensing information
> To: "E. Hietbrink" <Shadow.Hunter at>
> From: Alexander.Prather at
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> Hi Erik ,
> Thanks for getting back to me on this. Greatly appreciated.
> We are only planning on distributing your game on a USB (Universal Serial
> Bus) keychain that IBM customers can load onto their computers.
> We are not asking for special packaging. If you still want to charge a fee
> for us distributing this, please let me know as soon as possible.
> Thanks,
> Alex
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> Alexander Prather
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>                       "E. Hietbrink"                                                                                               
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>                                                Subject:  Re: Netrek licensing information                                          
>                       04/21/2004 05:23                                                                                             
>                       PM                                                                                                           
> Alexander.Prather at wrote:
> >  Hello,
> >
> > I am contacting you in regards to licensing information for Netrek. Can
> you
> > please send me general information on costs? Or send me a link or contact
> > information.
> >
> > We would like to put your game on a USB for IBM laptop customers.
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Alex
> Hello Alexander,
> Sorry for responding this late, but I was unavailable. Regarding your
> request,
> I can inform you the game of Netrek is available free of charge. However if
> you require special packaging we can help you arange it in exchange for a
> symbolic donation to the cause ;-) See for more
> information.
> Could you perhaps provide us with some more details about your request?
> Exactly what did you mean by USB?
> Looking forward to your response.
> Regards,
> Erik Hietbrink
> (Shadow.Hunter at
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