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Бесплатные игры или Авторы,которые позволяют распространять свои программы

                               автор материала:
             Дэмиен Бурк, http://www.jetman.demon.co.uk/mail.html

                             перевод и адаптация:
           Сергей Hовиков aka Spirit/STEP/SNG, revivalnews@chat.ru

                            техническая поддержка:
          Дмитрий Григорьев aka Oldman/STEP/SNG, oldman@i-connect.ru


                 
Содержание       
               
                     ѓ  BEAM SOFTWARE/MELBOURNE HOUSE   ѓ
                     ѓ           JOHN F. CAIN           ѓ
                     ѓ          DESIGN-DESIGN           ѓ
                     ѓ       DIGITAL INTEGRATION        ѓ
                     ѓ GARGOYLE GAMES/FASTER THAN LIGHT ѓ
                     ѓ          JULIAN GOLLOP           ѓ
                     ѓ         GREMLIN GRAPHICS         ѓ
                     ѓ           MARK INCLEY            ѓ
                     ѓ           GIL JAYSMITH           ѓ
                     ѓ          FERGUS McNEILL          ѓ
                     ѓ            MIKRO-GEN             ѓ
                     ѓ      JEFF MINTER (THE YAK)       ѓ
                     ѓ          DON PRIESTLEY           ѓ
                     ѓ            QUIKSILVA             ѓ
                     ѓ            JON RITMAN            ѓ
                     ѓ              VORTEX              ѓ
                     ѓ             ULTIMATE             ѓ
                     ѓ           JOHN WATSON            ѓ
                     ђ””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””Є

                        BEAM SOFTWARE/MELBOURNE HOUSE

Beam  (PENETRATOR, etc.)  не только разрешили распространять свой старый софт,
но  еще  и выложили его на свой  web site!  Обратите  внимание,  не  все  игры
Melbourne  House  являются  собственностью Beam,  однако их на сайте вы можете
найти перечень "бимовских" игрушек.


                                 JOHN F. CAIN

Джон Кейн (BOOTY, EXODUS, PULSOIDS) разрешил  распространение всех  своих игр.


                                DESIGN-DESIGN

По  этому поводу нет явных доказательств, кроме того факта, что их  игры лежат
на nvg.unit.no, на котором до конца 1994 года были лишь  игры,  публикацию
которых разрешили авторы. Игры, выпущенные Design-Design: 2112 AD,  DARK STAR,
HALLS OF THE THINGS, HALLS OF THE THINGS '85,  INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS,
KAT TRAP, ON THE RUN, ROMMEL'S REVENGE.


                             DIGITAL INTEGRATION

DI (FIGHTER PILOT,  NIGHT  GUNNER, TOMAHAWK,  TOMAHAWK 128, TT RACER, ADVANCED
TACTICAL FIGHTER (ATF),  F-16 COMBAT PILOT,  EXTREME, etc.) прямого разрешения
не давали, но и ничего не запрещали.  В общем-то, DI сейчас абсолютно нет дела
до своего спектрумовского софта, поэтому  они не против, если дела с ним будут
обстоять так же, как и сейчас.


                       GARGOYLE GAMES/FASTER THAN LIGHT

Цитата из Spectrum FAQ: "Рой Картер, зарегистрированный пользователь эмулятора
Z80,  дал  устное  разрешение  на распространение игр Gargoyle. Gargoyle Games
выпустили:  AD ASTRA,  DUN DARACH,  HEAVY ON THE  MAGICK,  MARSPORT,  SWEEVO'S
WORLD, SWEEVO'S WHIRLED (асширенная 128-ая версия SWEEVO'S WORLD), TIR NA NOG.
Faster Than Light выпустили: LIGHTFORCE, SHOCKWAY RIDER, HYDROFOOL.

                                JULIAN GOLLOP

Джулиан  Голлоп  с  удовольствием  согласился  на  то,  чтобы его  игры  стали
достоянием общественности. Каждому разрешается копировать и распространять эти
игры, при условии что подпись Джулиана как автора  этого  софта  не  удалена и
коды не изменялись.  Игры Джулиана:  NEBULA,  REBELSTAR  RAIDERS,  CHAOS - THE
BATTLE OF WIZARDS, REBELSTAR, REBELSTAR II, LASER SQUAD, LORDS OF CHAOS.

                               GREMLIN GRAPHICS

Alchemist Research,  спектрумовский  магнитофонный  журнал,  недавно обращался
к различным  фирмам  с  предложением  распространять  их  софт.  В  результате
Alchemist Research  теперь  обладает  правами  на  распространения игр Gremlin
Graphics.  Энди  Дэвис  из Alchemist  Research  пишет:  "Итак, если у вас есть
какой-либо софт Gremlin Graphics,  вы  ОБЯЗАHЫ  его  стереть, а затем получить
его ОФИЦИАЛЬHО у меня, бесплатно (!)".

                        Координаты Alchemist Research:

              62 Tithe Barn Lane, Woodhouse, Sheffield, S13 7LN
                      E-Mail: 101543.3611@compuserve.com


                                 MARK INCLEY

У  Марка  есть web site,  куда  он  выложил  некоторые  свои  старые  игры для
свободного распространения. Это MAYHEM, OINK, INFECTION и KLAX.


                                 GIL JAYSMITH

Джил написал Repton 1 и Repton 2 для Superior software.  Со  своей  стороны он
разрешил свободно распространять эти игры.


                                FERGUS McNEILL

Крис Уайлд, который знаком с Фергюсом, вот что узнал у него:

"Фергюс резрешил распространять любые игры Delta 4, если  за  это  не  берутся
деньги. Однако он не может ничего сказать насчет игр,  которые  он  писал  для
Abstract Concepts, потому что они принадлежат Activision.  До  я не думаю, что
на Спектруме вообще есть игры от  Abstract Concepts,  а  Фергюс  уже  мало что
помнит о том времени http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402.gif"

                                  MIKRO-GEN

Тут история аналогична Design-Design.  Единственное  доказательство - их  игры
были выложены на nvg.unit.no еще тогда, когда там лежали только игры фирм,
разрешивших   свободное   распространение   (текущая  политика  на  NVG  -  не
распространять софт только тех фирм, которые запретили это делать).


                            JEFF MINTER (THE YAK)

Джефф разрешил распространять его игры (TRAXX, VOIDRUNNER, etc.)


                                DON PRIESTLEY

Дон, взяв на  себя  всю  ответственность,  разрешил  распространять  свои игры
(DICTATOR,  FLUNKY,  GREGORY  LOSES  HIS CLOCK,  JUMBLY,  MAZIACS,  METEROIDS,
POPEYE, SPAWN, TANX, TRAPDOOR, TRAPDOOR II, UP FOR GRABS).

                                  QUIKSILVA

Джон  Холлис,  один  из  руководителей  Quicksilva,  разрешил   распространять
следующие игры, которые  сам  написал:  SPACE  INTRUDERS, METEOR STORM (первая
речь  на  Спектруме!), TIME-GATE  (первая  трехмерная  космическая  стрелялка,
проданы миллиарды экземпляров!) GAME DESIGNER, AQUAPLANE.


                                  JON RITMAN

Вот что он пишет:

"Положение с моими играми таково:

Игры,  выпущенные  Artic Computers Ltd:  NAMTIR RAIDERS,  COMBAT ZONE,  COSMIC
DEBRIS, BEAR BOVVER,  DIMENSION  DESTRUCTORS.  Все  они  принадлежат  Artic'у,
однако он перестал  торговать играми много лет назад и его глава Ричард Тернер
сейчас зарабатывает  себе на жизнь, продавая кухни. Я не думаю, что он будет с
кого-то требовать денег, хотя кто знает...

Игры,  выпущенные Ocean'ом:  MATCH DAY, MATCH DAY II, BATMAN, HEAD OVER HEELS.
Джон  Вудз   (один  из  руководителей  Ocean)   дал  мне   устное   разрешение
распространять  эти  игры бесплатно по сети. Хотя я не уверен насчет Бэтмена -
ведь они, наверняка,  купили  право  на использование названия на ограниченное
время."

                                    VORTEX

Марк   Хей-Хатчинсон   из   Vortex   Software   разрешил   распространять   их
спектрумовские программы (ALIEN HIGHWAY, ANDROID ONE (and intro), ANDROID TWO,
CYCLONE,   DEFLEKTOR,   HIGHWAY  ENCOUNTER,  HOSTILE  ALL  TERRAIN  ENCOUNTER,
REVOLUTION, TORNADO LOW LEVEL), заметив при этом, что они оставляют  за  собой
авторское право на названия, героев, исходники и так далее,  а также  могут  в
любой момент переменить свое решение.

Узнать о текущем состоянии дел вокруг их софта можно по следующим адресам:

                          E-Mail: mhh@lucasarts.com
              Snailmail: VORTEX SOFTWARE, Mark Haigh-Hutchinson,
              1725 Marion Avenue, K-10, Novato, CA 94945, U.S.A.

                                   ULTIMATE

Ultimate  Play  the  Game  aka  Rare  aka  Ashby  Computer  Graphics запретили
рапространять их игры. Впрочем, это чуть ли не  единственный  подобный пример.


                                 JOHN WATSON

Джон  разрешил свободно распространять  его  программы - PRO GOLF & PRO GOLF 2
(Atlantis publications).  Однако  он  запретил продавать эти игры или включать
их  в  состав  платного  софта без  его  письменного разрешения или разрешения
Atlantis.

                                                        (c) 1997 Damien Burke
                                                        (c) 1997 STEP/SCENERGY



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Free Games
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Authors That Allow Distribution

This page last updated on 7th April 1997

BEAM SOFTWARE/MELBOURNE HOUSE
JOHN F. CAIN
DESIGN-DESIGN
DIGITAL INTEGRATION
GARGOYLE GAMES/FASTER THAN LIGHT
JULIAN GOLLOP
GREMLIN GRAPHICS
MARK INCLEY
GIL JAYSMITH
FERGUS McNEILL
MIKRO-GEN
JEFF MINTER (THE YAK)
DON PRIESTLEY
QUIKSILVA
JON RITMAN
VORTEX
JOHN WATSON



BEAM SOFTWARE/MELBOURNE HOUSE

Beam are one of these enlightened lot that not only permit free distribution of
their old stuff, they've put it on their own web site for you to grab! So
without further ado, you should toddle off to the Beam Software Homepage. Grab
Penetrator first, it was one of the first and still one of the best Scramble
clones.

Note that not all Melbourne House games are Beam's copyright, because they sold
the Melbourne House label; however, they do have a list of the Beam-owned games
on the site.

JOHN F. CAIN

No direct proof available. However, the May/June 1995 price list from B.G.
Services lists the following:

Mind Games Z80 emulator versions of Booty, Chaos, Nebula, Lasersquad,
Rebelstar,
and Rebelstar II. Al by permission of the authors with
...................£5.00

As Booty was written by John F. Cain, I presume he allows distribution of all
of his titles, which are:
Booty
Exodus
Pulsoid

DESIGN-DESIGN

No proof available apart from the fact that a collection of their games can be
had from nvg.unit.no, and the maintainer of the Spectrum area at NVG (until
late 1994) only put up stuff that had been released by the authors.

Design-Design titles are:
2112 AD
Dark Star
Halls Of The Things
Halls Of The Things '85
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Kat Trap
On The Run
Rommel's Revenge

DIGITAL INTEGRATION

In late 1996 I emailed D.I.'s webmaster, 'Raz' about distribution permission
for the old D.I. Speccy games, but the result has not been perfect. He passed
on the request into the depths of the company but no response came back. When I
asked once again about it, he replied with the following:

From: "Raz"
Organization: Digital Integration
To: Damien Burke
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 1996 14:43:03 +0000
Subject: Re: Old DI software on Sinclair Spectrum

Still heard nothing, hmm?  They must not be all *that* concerned
about it then.  Tell you what, go ahead anyway,  It's only really
tech support and the programmers that use the net from here anyway,
but if anyone questions you about it, refer them to me.

Obviously this is not the clear permission we need, but it's better than
nothing I suppose. D.I.'s titles on the Speccy were (off the top of my head):
Fighter Pilot
Night Gunner
Tomahawk
Tomahawk 128
TT Racer
Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF)
F-16 Combat Pilot.

GARGOYLE GAMES/FASTER THAN LIGHT

From the Spectrum FAQ:

     Roy Carter is a registered user of Z80 and has given spoken
     permission to distribute the Gargoyle games.

No other proof available. Presumably Brian Gaff of B.G. Services is the one to
contact if you want written proof from Roy.

Gargoyle titles are:
Ad Astra
Dun Darach
Heavy On The Magick
Marsport
Sweevo's World
Sweevo's Whirled (expanded 128K version of Sweevo's World)
Tir Na Nog

Faster Than Light titles are:
Lightforce
Shockway Rider
Hydrofool

JULIAN GOLLOP

From a text file written by Ian Coates giving instructions for Laser Squad:

     COPYRIGHT

Julian Gollop has kindly agreed to this game being made Public Domain. Anyone
is freely allowed to duplicate and distribute this game for use in Spectrum
emulators. It is requested that the identification of Julian Gollop as the
author of this software is not removed and the code not altered. E-mail me
(OKTUP@MONO.CITY.AC.UK) for further details.

If you take a look at the entry for John F. Cain you will see that also listed
in the collection of 'Mind Games' for sale are Julian's other titles, so he has
presumably allowed distribution of all of them.

Julian's titles are:
Nebula
Rebelstar Raiders
Chaos - The Battle Of Wizards
Rebelstar
Rebelstar II
Laser Squad
Lords of Chaos

GREMLIN GRAPHICS

Alchemist Research, the Speccy tape magazine, have secured the distribution
rights for Gremlin Graphics titles:

... recently, I have been contacting software houses for permission to
distribute their old games. As a result, Alchemist Research holds
distributing rights to GREMLIN GRAPHICS GAMES, to name but one.

There are two sides to it though. Even though the law infuriates me, that you
can blatantly advertise and distribute stuff which was originally written for
US! But then again, I worked hard to get the rights to some games, and it
upsets me to see them being passed around willy nilly! So, if you have any
Gremlin Software, I expect you all to destroy it and get it OFFICIALLY from
me for free (!)

Andy Davis, Alchemist Research

If you are interested in finding out more about Alchemist Research, you can
contact Andy Davis at:
62 Tithe Barn Lane, Woodhouse, Sheffield, S13 7LN

Or by E-Mail at:  101543.3611@compuserve.com

MARK INCLEY

Mark has a web site, where he's released some of his old games for free
distribution. So I need say no more here, just go to his site!

Oh, I should say more, like what games are we talking about? Okay:
Mayhem, Oink!, Infection (never published) and Klax.

GIL JAYSMITH

Here's Gil's response to my request on distribution of his Repton 1 and 2:

Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 18:48:52 +0100
From: Gil Jaysmith <tenpence@dircon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Speccy Repton

At 16:14 09/05/96 +0100, you wrote:

>Hiya...
>
>   Just wondering, do you own the rights to Repton 1/2, and if so, fancy
>permitting free distribution of it? Then you can get your name in lights
>on
>my permits page

Aw, hell, I don't care... it's not like I made any money from it in the
first place (thanks to Superior sitting on it for two years, brilliantly
allowing the market to move forward...). Superior owns the rights to the
name, obviously, and possibly to the game as well, but I amn't even sure
they're still trading. In any case I have no problem granting moral rights,
whether or not they're mine...

>   Well, maybe not in actual lights http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402_2.gif

On the other hand, I'll only allow it if someone proves to me that they can
snapshot it and make it work on at least one emulator... don't want my name
associated with nonworking files http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402.gif

Gil

Since that message, working versions of each snapshot have been found; the ones
Gil had tried had been corrupted. So we at least have the author's permission
on those, if not the actual copyright holders'.

FERGUS McNEILL

Chris Wild knows Fergus and contacted him about distribution of his games, with
this result:

Date: Wed, 29 May 1996 22:03:24 +0100
From: Chris Wild <chris@anam.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: DELTA 4 - Sceptical

Damien,

Fergus has no problem with the distrubution of any DELTA4 games. As long
as *NO* money is involved.

However he can't say anything for his ABSTRACT CONCEPTS games, because
they belong to Activision. But - I don't think any ABSTRACT CONCPETS
games were released on the speccy. He's a bit vague on this - he can't
remember much from that time!!! http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402.gif

Chris 'Hairy Dawg' Wild

And since then, Fergus has brought Delta 4 back from the dead, and there's now
a Delta 4 web site, which is well worth a visit.

MIKRO-GEN

No proof available apart from the fact that a collection of their games can be
had from nvg.unit.no, and the maintainer of the Spectrum area at NVG (until
late 1994) only put up stuff that had been released by the authors (current
practice at NVG is that only those who specifically deny permission have their
stuff removed from the site).

JEFF MINTER (THE YAK)

Here's Jeff's response to my request for distribution permission:

Date: Wed, 28 Jun 1995 23:23:15 -0700
From: llamaman@ix.netcom.com (YaK)
Subject: Re: Old games

>Hi

- baaaa!

>    Presuming you are the actual Jeff Minter that we all worshipped in
> the
>80's by buying your games, I've got a request to make...

- you presume right http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402.gif

>    I maintain a web page with a fair bit of old computer coverage,
> including
>a section where people can make requests for old games and I'll put them
>up
>on the page for them to get. I can't do this unless I have the copyright
>holder's permission; so would you give permission for free distribution
>of
>any of your old games on the Sinclair Spectrum? Two I have are Traxx and
>Voidrunner. You don't have to release the copyright, just permission to
>distribute freely is OK; several other people such as Amstrad, Gargoyle
>Games, Design Design and Jon Ritman have all done this and are
>universally
>adored for being such nice chaps.

- no problem, go for it, I don't think we're selling a lot of speccy games
these days!

>    Looking forward to hearing from you... keep on Yakking http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402.gif

- always!

>    BTW, Llamatron on the Atari ST was a real blast; I broke my space bar
>I played it so much!

- hehe

Regards,

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/

DON PRIESTLEY

From a post on comp.sys.sinclair:

Subject: Don Priestley
From: Brian Gaff <briang@bgserv.demon.co.uk>

An open letter from Don Priestley. Please do not ring him up and annoy him!



Tel 00 353 46 43907                                             Balrath
                                                                Oldcastle
                                                                County Meath
                                                                EIRE

Dear Brian,

        Thanks for sending the registered z80. I was beginning to think
        that someone somewhere had shuffled off to meet the Great
        Programmer in the sky. Everything, including the soldering,
        works OK and I now have some of my old stuff on hard disk.

        Concerning the programs I have written, I take full
        responsibility in giving you permission to use them with your
        z80 program. I have included a number of them on the disk, along
        with a comments file. Could you do me a favour and let me have a
        copy of Gregory Loses his Clock. I must have given mine away to
        someone. I am also missing an epic called "Up For Grabs" if it
        comes your way.

        I look forward to hearing from you


        Don Priestley

The programs written by Don are:
Dictator
Flunky
Gregory Loses His Clock
Jumbly
Maziacs
Meteroids
Popeye
Spawn
Tanx
Trapdoor
Trapdoor II
Up For Grabs

QUIKSILVA

I received the following mail from John Hollis, one of Quiksilva's directors:

Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 08:52:28 +0000
From: John Hollis <hollis@hollis.co.uk>
Organization: Hollis Research
To: Damien Burke
Subject: Quicksilva

Hi Damien,

Great site you have there. I was a director of Quiksilva and wrote most
of the early releases for the ZX81 and spectrum. I have no objection to
people distributing my old games but I'm not sure exactly what the
copyright position is as Quicksilva was sold and is now defunct. Still,
if it's of interest, the spectrum games I wrote were:

Space Intruders
Meteor Storm (First speech on a speccy!)
Time-Gate (First 3D star field, sold zillions of copies)
Game Designer (DIY game construction kit)
Aquaplane (Watersking with sharks)

I'm writing Windows apps at the moment but we have also been designing
games for Sega and Hasbro for the last couple of years. Our homepage is
at hollis.co.uk and when I get around to updating it I'll put a link
in to your site.

Regards

John Hollis

What a nice bloke, eh? http://zxdemos.ru/img/posts/posts_20/39402.gif

JON RITMAN

Jon Ritman is a reader of the comp.sys.sinclair newsgroup and mailed Simon
Goodwin with this:

Date: Mon, 10 Jun 96 14:45 BST-1
From: jritman@cix.compulink.co.uk (Jon Ritman)
Subject: Re: ZX classics

The legal status of my games is as follows:

Games released by Artic Computers Ltd - Namtir Raiders, Combat Zone,
Cosmic Debris, Bear Bovver, Dimension Destructors

All these were owned by Artic, however Artic stopped trading many years
ago and I understand the original owner (Richard Turner) now sells
kitchens for a living. I don't think he'll be chasing anyone for cash but
who knows.

Games released by Ocean: Match Day, Match Day II, Batman, Head over Heels

All of these were owned by Ocean however John Woods (one of the
directors) has verbally given me permission to release them for free on
the net - bear in mind that nothing is in writing and they could change
their mind at any time - also I wonder what the status of Batman is? No
doubt Ocean rented the name for a limited time only.

As far as I'm concerned it would be nice to think of people still playing
the old games so no objections from me.


Hope that helps

Jon Ritman

VORTEX

Mark Haigh-Hutchinson of Vortex software has released the Vortex Emulation
Package which contains most of the Vortex games released for each 8-bit
platform. Here's an excerpt from one of the accompanying text files in that
package:

Although we are releasing all our 8-bit titles as FREEWARE, the following
caveats apply:-

1) All software can be freely distributed as long as this file accompanies
   the software.
2) VORTEX SOFTWARE retains the copyrights as to the use of all characters,
   names, graphics, source code, and other related materials found in this
   package or otherwise distributed.
3) VORTEX SOFTWARE reserves the right to remove the titles from the public
   domain at any time without warning.
4) No allowance has been made or even implied for use of any of the properties
   on any other computing system. See point 2) above.

You can verify this information by emailing Mark on MHH@LUCASARTS.COM or by
snailmail:

VORTEX SOFTWARE
Mark Haigh-Hutchinson
1725 Marion Avenue, K-10
Novato
CA 94945
U.S.A.

Games included in release v1.0 of the Vortex emulation package were:
Alien Highway
Android One (and intro)
Android Two
Cyclone
Deflektor
Highway Encounter
Hostile All Terrain Encounter
Revolution
Tornado Low Level

JOHN WATSON

John posted to the comp.sys.sinclair newsgroup, allowing distribution of his
games. To make it a bit more official I asked him in an email to confirm his
post, and here's the reply:

Date: Fri, 08 Dec 1995 17:24:00 +0000
From: John Watson <john@wats.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: copyrights, pirate software etc

Hi.

Don't know if this is what you want or not but below is a slightly
edited version of the post on Usenet. The original post was really
just to make a point about " dead programmers " and " non-existant
copyright holders ". At this late date I certainly don't expect to
make any money from the games.

Until a month or so ago, when I first got the internet connection,
I didn't even know there was such an interest in old Spectrum
games.

I haven't looked at any of the available sites as yet, so I don't
know how anyone else has phrased permissions but I think I have
covered everything I want to say. If your own site includes a freely
available archive please feel free to add the name in the bit about
NVG and Demon.

Thanks for the post and the interest.

John.

Pro Golf & Pro Golf 2 : Atlantis publications

As the writer and copyright holder of the above two games I hereby
give permission for emulator compatable copies of said games to
be uploaded to, and downloaded from, freely available archives
such as NVG and the new Demon site.

I expressly DENY permission for these same files to be included
on any media to be sold for profit without written permission
from myself and/or Atlantis software (If they still exist).

Initial contact via E-Mail to  john@wats.demon.co.uk

John Watson    8th Dec 1995

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