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Legal? - Adafruit PiGRRL Zero - Hosting custom Retropie image

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    while it's legal to modify and sell software licensed with GPL v3... there are provisos.


    the RetroPie-Setup licence does not forbid anyone to sell RetroPie-Setup... However - Pre-made RetroPie images cannot be sold.

    Very educational and an important distinction. Thanks for clarifying.

    We used to have a non commercial licence, but we changed it (because it didn't make a difference - RetroPie was sold anyway).

    Was this just to "roll with the punches" as they say, or was the non commercial license burdened with the expectation of futile enforcement? Also, if anyone knows how to beat the third level boss in 'Futile Enforcement', drop me a line.

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    @mediamogul I would have to dig out the original discussion, but I think it was just felt a GPL licence was more appropriate for the code than our own non commercial licence (since it didn't work anyway). Either way we cannot enforce it :(

  • For what it's worth there is a simultaneous discussion going on right now in the libretro forums about how to rename several of the cores. The reason is that the authors of the original emulators do not want the name of their emulators listed anywhere by libretro even though it is their source code. The opposite scenario in a way, even though the GPL license is a common denominator.

    Those kinds of issues aren't solved so much by the letter of the license agreement but in keeping open lines of communication.

    I'm rooting for @Woosty to make enough side money on their project that they are able to afford to spend time developing new open-source code or system designs that might be useful for other projects :D

  • I do not see anything wrong with what Adafruit provide. They are not trying to pass it off as anything other than RetroPie with the tft software and custom frame buffer copy already setup for those people who either can't be arsed or are not confident enough to configure it from the stock image using their tutorial.

    I've built a PiGrrl 2 myself using their guides and the retropie install is not modified in any way.


    Let's not got triggered to easily. This is most certainly not another RetroEngine situation..

    What adafruit are selling are individual components, which when built and paired with the FREE RetroPie make an excellent portable retro console.



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    Nice build! I also love how perfectly messy your place is. It looks like it was set dressed for a television show about a typical bachelor. I try in vain to organize my mess, but it always ends up looking like I'm a hoarder who hasn't fully committed yet.

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    Not messy! Lived in!!! :D

    Just happened to have been shopping and pizza buying 5 mins before I took that photo. Hehe

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    All this talk of pizza is making me hungry. I wonder if Pizza Hut will still take my coupon that I got from buying 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game'.

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    I think we'd be more than willing to accomodate the pigirrl with a module of sorts in order for them to maintain parity with the latest versions of retropie if they approached us about it so that they wouldn't have to host another image

  • @BuZz Okay, so just to confirm, it's okay for me to sell hardware that can support Retropie, as long as I sell just the hardware and link to the official Retropie website for download?

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    @Woosty yep!

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