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Remove non-LGPL NURBS code, update COPYING terms

The GPL-only NURBS implementation is removed now.
There is no need (and no point) to define CASTLE_ENGINE_LGPL anymore,
so it's removed from all the examples and code.

License terms now clarify:

- The need for CASTLE_ENGINE_LGPL disappears, new NURBS implementation
  should be LGPL.
- Some example data, as well as future castle-editor, as well as some
  docs data, are GPL.
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michaliskambi committed May 28, 2018
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"Castle Game Engine" is an open-source game engine.
You can use it to develop commercial (including closed-source) games and applications.
# Summary (easy to understand, although not legally binding)
- "Castle Game Engine" is covered by the "LGPL with static linking exception" license.
- It is the same license as used by [FPC (Free Pascal Compiler) run-time library]( and [LCL (Lazarus Component Library)](
- You can use "Castle Game Engine" to develop any applications, including closed-source.
- If you modify the "Castle Game Engine" units, you need to share your modifications.
- Some of the examples data and tools (in particular, the upcoming castle-editor) are covered by a more strict GPL license. Which means that, if you modify them or even just link them together with your own units to form a larger application, then you need to share your modifications, as the complete work must be covered also by the GPL license.
# Engine core (LGPL)
The core of the "Castle Game Engine" is available on terms of the _GNU Lesser General Public License_ (version 2 or above, whichever you like). See the COPYING.LGPL2.txt for the exact LGPL 2 license text, see the for the current version, FAQs etc.
Moreover, we add the so-called "static linking exception" to the LGPL terms. The idea of this exception is to allow statically linking with the engine on the same terms as dynamically linking. Static linking is what usually happens when you compile a program using the engine units (without wrapping the engine in a dynamic library (dll, so, dylib) or Delphi runtime package).
The exact legal text of this "static linking exception" is this:
As a special exception, the copyright holders of this library
give you permission to link this library with independent
modules to produce an executable, regardless of the license
terms of these independent modules, and to copy and distribute
the resulting executable under terms of your choice,
provided that you also meet, for each linked independent module,
the terms and conditions of the license of that module.
An independent module is a module which is not derived from
or based on this library. If you modify this library,
you may extend this exception to your version of the library,
but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do so,
delete this exception statement from your version.
By "engine core" we mean everything that can be found in this directory (GitHub repository ) *except* the exceptions mentioned in section below.
# Visual editor (castle-editor), some example data, some website data (GPL)
The items listed below are covered by a more strict GNU General Public License (version 2 or above, whichever you like). See the file COPYING.GPL2.txt for the exact license text. See for more information about this license (including translations of it to various languages) and philosophy of free software.
The items covered by the GPL license are:
- The upcoming castle-editor. It is not distributed yet. It will be distributed in `tools/castle-editor/` directory.
- The data files of some examples (the examples are in `examples/` subdirectory, and their "data files" are in `data/` subdirectories). It is clearly marked by the existence of `COPYING.GPL2.txt` and `AUTHORS.txt` files in the respective directory.
To be clear: the source code of the examples is still covered by the regular CGE license ("LGPL with static linking exception"). The additional limitations are only placed on the data files (graphic or audio data).
- Some files included as part of our PasDoc-generated documentation (in `doc/pasdoc/html-parts/` and `doc/reference/`) come from
The relevant files are clearly marked as having "GNU General Public License" in the header.
Note that the documentation also includes some projects (Bootstrap, jQuery, Tipue) on more permissive license. Consult the appropriate files for details.
- Note that we also develop some tools / games related to the Castle Game Engine, available in various repositories in organization. For example:
- view3dscene:
- "Darkest Before the Dawn" game: ,
- "Wyrd Forest" game: ,
These tools / games are covered by their own license terms, and in general they use more strict GPL license.
# CASTLE_ENGINE_LGPL symbol (relevant only for Castle Game Engine <= 6.4)
In the older Castle Game Engine versions (6.4 and earlier), if you wanted to use the more permissive LGPL license, you had to compile the engine with the symbol CASTLE_ENGINE_LGPL. This avoided pulling any GPL-only NURBS implementation.
This requirement is removed in Castle Game Engine >= 6.5 (more precisely, in the GIT commit TODO). All the engine units, including the (new) NURBS implementation, are now automatically covered by the more permissive LGPL license.

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{ Some general variables, visible only (as far as I can see) when
using "./fpmake manifest". }
P.Author := 'Michalis Kamburelis';
P.License := 'GNU GPL >= 2 (or LGPL >= 2, if compiled with CASTLE_ENGINE_LGPL)';
P.License := 'LGPL >= 2 (with static linking exception)';
{$ifdef VER2_2_2}
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