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.
All comments in our main feed related to this issue have now been removed.
So since we haven't covered this in one easily citable place - the full scope of GrOrc's theft was actually quite a lot larger than our models. He also took all of our sound assets, our UI art, our buttons and our code (none of which he asked for at all) and ripped off pretty much all of our work. He was asked to take this version of his mod down, he refused. He was told if he did not take it down further actions would be taken, he still refused. So as of late December the ModDB admins AND the RelicNews admins agreed that GrOrc had been behaving improperly and respectively shut down his mod here and locked his RelicNews threads for breaching both site's Terms of Service. He has since been allowed to put his mod back up without our content, keeping the offending version of his mod out of public circulation.