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E.J.

Distribution questions..?

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Hi. I have a few question about legalities...

I want to run the original Doom MIDIs through a mod tracker proggy, and create some tracker versions using a couple different soundfonts.

1.) Would it be legal for me to redistribute the original Doom tracks in tracker format?

2.) Are the resources in the Doom 1 shareware wad redistributable? If I were to delete everything but the sprites, and mus tracks for instance, would I be allowed to share the modified wad?

3.) I know that certain soundfont/soundbank instrument sets are copyrighted, so are tracker format music files created with those copyrighted soundfonts/soundbanks not allowed to be shared?

Any input would be much appreciated.

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Strictly speaking, none of what you are asking for is legal.

In reality I doubt there's many people who care, except point 3, maybe.

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@ 2.) Would it be okay if I hadn't modified the WAD at all?

@ 3.) Do you mean the soundfonts themselves, the trackers created using them, or both?

The reason I ask is the board where I want to upload these to has strict policies. It doesn't matter if the copyright holders don't care, if it's not legal, I'm not allowed.

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E.J. said:

@ 2.) Would it be okay if I hadn't modified the WAD at all?

Id software does allow redistribution of the shareware, provided all is included and nothing is altered.

E.J. said:

@ 3.) Do you mean the soundfonts themselves, the trackers created using them, or both?

If a soundfont's license forbids you from disposing as you please of the music you created with it, it seriously sucks.

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Id software does allow redistribution of the shareware, provided all is included and nothing is altered.

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If a soundfont's license forbids you from disposing as you please of the music you created with it, it seriously sucks.


I thought you might say that...oh well, I guess I'll have to dig up the documentation.

Thanks for the help.

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