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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

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Neverwinter Nights EULA Posted
6:18 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

BioWare has recently posted a copy of the End-User License Agreement (EULA) for Neverwinter Nights at its forums. Though the EULA is usually something most gamers just skip past when installing a new game, the EULA for NWN has been a topic of much debate, due to the possibility of issues occuring with modules created with the in-game toolset.

Just to give IMG readers a rough idea of some of the policies the EULA implements, here's a clip from the posted agreement:

Your rights to create Variations are subject to the following restrictions: (1) your Variations must only work with the full commercial version of the software game NEVERWINTER NIGHTS; (2) your Variations must not contain modifications to any executable file; (3) your Variations must not contain any libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene, or other illegal material, material that is scandalous or invades the rights of privacy or publicity of any third party, or contain any trademarks, copyright-protected work or other property of third parties, or contain any viruses, worms, or other malicious code; and (4) you may not rent, sell, lease, lend, offer on a pay-per-play or timesharing basis or otherwise commercially exploit or commercially distribute your Variations (including, without limitation, hosting pay-per-play servers, hosting pay-per-download web-sites for Variations including sites that charge for bandwidth use, and independently selling Variations online, at retail, mail order, etc.).
The rights of both BioWare and end users have been a topic of considerable interest, given the fact that the toolset potentially opens up a can of worms concerning intellectual property rights, especially given NWN's popularity and the commonality of the Internet. There's currently a lively thread going on at BioWare for those interested in seeing the thoughts of various gamers on the topic.

In related news, both HomeLan Fed and X-treme Gaming Radio have posted last-minute screenshots of NWN in action. The shots are huge and show off plenty of scenery and embattled characters in action.

As reported earlier, the Mac version of NWN is currently set for a Fall release, with MacSoft currently planning on porting over the much-wanted toolset. As always, IMG will be sure to keep readers informed as to any news we hear on the subject.

BioWare Forums - NWN EULA posted here for all to see
HomeLan Fed - NWN Screenshots
XGR - NWN Screenshots
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