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The Tyranid Mod is an ongoing additional race modification for the original Dawn of War series, based on the Tyranid army from the Warhammer 40k tabletop game.
Tyranids are an intergalactic predator race which moves in hivefleets from world to world, devouring all living things and natural resources they can; leaving behind nothing but a barren rock, devoid even of atmosphere. Seemingly without individuals, Tyranids have a single hivemind that spans billions of their genetically-engineered combat organisms. Faceless and implacable, the Tyranid race is unrelenting and unstoppable. And their origins remain a complete mystery.
Although now already featured in Dawn of War 2, the Tyranid Mod Team is still hard at work trying to bring the Tyranids to Soulstorm (and if we can, Dark Crusade as well).
So this issue has wasted about four pages of comments in our feed, I'm kinda sick of having to keep explaining the same thing over and over again.
Here's how it boils down:
All the modellers who contributed to the Tyranid Mod own their work. That's a legal thing, they own them, it's enforceable in court. End of story.
A lot of modders like to think they can use anything on the internet because it's just there. Legally, that's not the case. The internet works exactly the same way as the real world when it comes to ownership.
A lot of modders like to think if they credit the original author, that's enough to keep out of trouble. Legally it isn't. It's no different to stealing something from someone else and then shouting publicly that that other person really owns it whenever you use it.
A lot of modders think if you can't contact the owner, that means they can do what they want because it's "abandonware". The law doesn't acknowledge abandonware. Ownership is ownership.
The fact is, you need the creator's consent. The only reason people get away with not obtaining it is because they fly under the radar. But when you ask for permission, get told no, and then do it anyway then you've got to be a special kind of scumbag.
What GrOrc is asking for isn't to combine the Tyranid Mod in his mod - we said yes to that, like we do for most other modders. And he'd be able to use our models and animations freely (and make his mod a smaller download) if he did that, but he doesn't want to do it that way because it would mean some extra coding on his part.
What GrOrc is asking is that he can take the models out of the Tyranid Mod, do what he likes to them and repackage them in his mod for independent download. He explicitly does not have permission to do this. He's known he doesn't have permission to do this since he asked back in June.
Conclusion: I've reported GrOrc, and the Soulstorm version of his mod, for having stolen resources and I invite you all to do so as well. I'm hoping that will be enough for him to learn respect for other people's work because currently he has none.