Not to sidetrack the thread, but in the case of things like addons with modules and batch files to collapse or expand the modules into or out of the main addon folder, it's not at all that I'm too dumb to do this without a batch file, but rather that it's a pain in the behind to have to do it without a batch file every time the addon is updated. While some addons may truly benefit from having modules expanded (like BigWigs where it's impossible for all modules to be needed at any single given time), most just clutter up the addon folder and in-game addon listing for no real reason (like PitBull and Quartz where the majority of modules will always be loaded immediately upon logging in anyway). I don't use either of those anymore, but I remember how annoying it was when the batch files went away. :p
I'd hate for an addon author to have taken a vacation for a month only to come back and find his or her project locked, blocked, made invisible, or even possibly deleted.
Well, by the time you've waited a month, gotten no response, alerted administrators, and waited for them to take action, I'd say enough time has passed that the project is effectively abandoned anyway. If an author is in a situation where he/she isn't responding to email, private messages, bug reports, or comments for that long, I'd consider it a very minor concern that the addon may become unavailable for download.
How exactly is distributing a piece of software that contains the embedded copyright notice "All Rights Reserved" a grey area?
Even if the font doesn't specify "All Rights Reserved", it's still not a grey area. If you choose to distribute copyrighted material, it is your responsibility to be aware of and abide by the laws that govern the distribution of copyrighted material, just as if you choose to drive a car on public roads, it is your responsibility to obey the speed limit, use your turn signals, and not run over pedestrians. Unless a font, or any other copyrighted material, explicitly states that you have the right to _______, you must assume that you cannot ________ without permission from the copyright holder.
How is doing this any different than me taking Bartender4, including its unmodified functionality as a visible and central part of my own addon, renaming all its files, and calling this feature "NandiniBars" from within my addon configuration?
Well, the license terms I release my addons under actually allows this, but most don't. ;)
If individual authors aren't responding, you could use the various "report file" or "contact us" features on the addon hosting site to contact the site's administrators or moderators and let them know about the issue. At least in my experience, those people are far more likely to care about and respond appropriately to copyright issues than addon authors, most of whom seem to barely understand the concept of copyright. :|
Well, I guess that's out, then. Editing MyMedia is so easy anyone can do it, though. Just read the directions and follow the directions, and there's not much opportunity for error. You don't even need to understand what the code means, just change two names.
it can be a bit much for work when you're talking about 20-30 fonts...specifically like shared media things.
Nearly all of the fonts currently included in SharedMedia and its various font packs were added one at a time by individual "contributors", so there shouldn't ever really be any need for anyone to check 20-30 fonts in a go. It's kind of ridiculous to have 20-30 fonts in one download anyway; no one person will ever use more than a few, and many of them are quite unreadable at regular text sizes anyway.
At this point, Nandini has already posted an very thorough ticket on the SharedMedia project listing the licensing issues with each font. All of the ones with issues should just be removed, and in the future new fonts should not be accepted unless they are confirmed to be "free".
A list of legally distributable fonts would work, also. When we consider most of the mods aren't getting paid to take their personal time to make the game more enjoyable for others, needing them to do all sorts of research on the legalities of the fonts they include is a bit much...
Not really. A basic Google search for the name of the font will usually give you the information you need in under 30 seconds. For example, the font Myriad Pro Semibold Condensed is (or at least was) included in many compilations and even a few addons (MonkeyQuest?). Typing the query font "myriad pro" into Google brings up the Adobe type library page for that font family as the top result. Click on the link, and even a 2-second glance at the resulting page makes it pretty clear that it's not a free font.
Plain and simple, if you choose to redistribute copyrighted material, it is your responsibility to know the laws that govern that activity, and obey them. It's no different than driving a car; most people don't get paid to drive a car, but if you choose to do so, it is your responsibility to buy gasoline, maintain insurance coverage, use your turn signals, obey the speed limit and traffic lights, drive on the correct side of the road, and not run over pedestrians.
The widespread and profound ignorance on the subject of copyright never ceases to amaze me, as does the hostility many people display when informed that they are violating it. :(