Nexuiz Forks: Another Example of Single Ownership Problems

Nexuiz is sort of a poster child open source project, an example of a high-quality game that’s developed by the open source community. Unfortunately, it may also be a poster child of how things can quickly go wrong once commercial interests are involved and when it’s unclear who controls a project.

Phoronix is reporting that Nexuiz has forked into Xonotic because the founder of the project has entered a deal to allow proprietary use of the game name and code for a proprietary project. The folks forking the project claim that Nexuiz founder Lee Vermeulen is an “absentee” founder, and that use of the code by IllFonic (the company working with Vermeulen) may constitute a GPL violation because the rights haven’t been assigned to Vermeulen.

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