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What's the idea of the ALDP?
Arma Licensed Data Pack delivers the data which doesn't need to be unbinarized to be usable, and allows us to define what data we release and under which license.
Can people extract the ALDP data and repack it with their addons (aka textures, sounds)?
Yes, of course, this is the purpose of the package (and in regards to DLCs, the way to get to the data of otherwise encrypted PBOs). It's important to keep in mind that APL-SA requires the modified data to be released under the same license.
I am modifying a model from A2SM, and I am adding some data from ALDP (both provided by BI under the APL). Will I be able to combine data from A2SM and ALDP in my PBO, and can I release my addon to the public?
You can combine and repack the data and publicly release such an addon, provided you fulfill the requirements of the APL (attribution of the original work, non-commercial, Arma-only). We recommend to release your work under APL.
Can I use a license other than Bohemia Interactive's content licenses (APL, APL-SA, DML-SA) for my work?
If you use somebody else's work to create a modification for Arma games, you always need to respect their licenses (e.g. in the event you base your modification on data licensed under Bohemia Interactive's content licenses, you need to abide to their conditions). If the content of your modification is made entirely by yourself, you can release it under any license (e.g. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Does "Share Alike" mean that I need have to release the source models of my modification?
The license does not specify in which format the data ought to be shared, and we do not require the addon makers to publish unbinarized sources along with the binarized addons under the APL-SA license. Obviously, it's better to release data in unbinarized format for their further use, which is what we would consider as beneficial for the Arma creative community. Also, we recommend respecting the original data under APL-SA you modify: if somebody released his addon in MLOD format as well, it would be a matter of courtesy to release it likewise.
If I use content that is included in a PBO that's in the "Arma Licensed Data Pack" which is licensed with the APL - does just including the file in the PBO that I produce count as "Share Alike", or must I release the file(s) separately?
Data packages licensed under APL do not require you to release the derivative work based on them as "Share Alike" (as would be the case with data released under APL-SA). We do not require unbinarized sources for derivative works to be released for data under APL-SA, simply adding the license text and stating in readme that your addon is subject to APL-SA license should be enough.
What is the difference between the APL licenses and a Freeware License?
A Freeware License says that the author waives his intellectual property rights, while the APL says that author passed them under certain conditions.
I came across a mod that uses a Freeware license and nothing else. Where does that fall? It states that permission must be granted by the license holders prior to any use of said mod in any mission or mod.
A "Freeware" license requiring permission for modification or usage is not freeware. Bohemia Interactive cannot comment on such license (or take any action unless it breaks Bohemia Interactive's product EULA) - it's entirely up to its respective author.
Is it now allowed to use newly released Arma 1 unbinarized content into Arma:CWA?
Yes, it is.
Is it somehow planned to release all Arma:CWA unbinarized content under the same licenses?
No, it's not planned at the moment.
I also want Arma 3 MLODs. Can I have them?
We did not release any Arma 3 data under BI licenses yet, and we cannot give them to you based on personal request.
I want to use some data from a PBO which is part of ALDP. Can I do that?
You are free to unpack the PBOs and repack their content (even modified) in your modification's PBO(s). You need to be careful with the license of the original data (e.g. data released under APL-SA which you would modify need to be released under the same licenses).
Can I use the ALDP PBOs directly in Arma 3?
Yes, you can, although these PBOs are only meant as source of data and their functionality in Arma 3 is not intended, therefore they probably won't work in Arma 3.
Can we use the ALDP to make a Arma 2: Combined Operations free for Arma 3?
Yes, if the licenses are respected and their requirements fulfilled. Only the licensed content should be used to make such modification.
Why is some data released under APL and some under APL-SA - or in other words why is not everything released under APL-SA?
With some content, we wanted to ensure the derivative works are still available as basis for further work to the Arma modding community, this APL-SA. In the event of items such as vehicles, we opted for a less strict license where the author would not be required to release his (often substantially different) derivative work under the same terms.
Does the presence of WRP files in APL-SA packages mean that people can re-do BI terrains (e.g. with Mikero's tools)?
Yes, provided they abide to the requirements of the APL-SA license, which means their derivative work is released under APL-SA as well, so that the possibility to make further derivatives is retained.
What's the benefit of the release of unbinarized RTM (animations) - are they required for binarization or P:\ drive?
We decided to release the unbinarized animations so that people can edit them further, improve or base their own work on what they could learn from the package.
Do the released packages contain complete A2+OA+DLC data?
Yes, the complete Arma 2: Combined Operations package is available. There may be some data (e.g. map projects) which we did not release, but it's mostly for technical reasons.
Does the source data contain everything except textures and sounds? People still need textures and sounds for the models, so they have to: 1) have A2/OA to use it; 2) be allowed to use ALDP PBOs to have them; 3) be allowed to extract textures and sounds and repack to their releases.
We decided not to release the source data in unbinarized form, as it would multiply the size of the data packs beyond possibilities of feasible handling or download. In order to get to sounds and textures, addon makers are free to unpack the ALDP packages, rework their content and repack the derivatives in their releases.
Is it possible to offer Arma 2: Combined Operations data for a modification like All-In-Arma in A3 with the ALDP data?
Yes, it's possible as ALDP is licensed under APL and APL-SA licenses, which specifically allow use in any Arma game. Direct usage of the original ALDP PBOs is not a problem provided they are distributed along with their respective licenses, although it's not their primary and Bohemia Interactive cannot be held responsible for in-game functionality of these PBOs.
Can I release a source file (e.g. texture template) based on the ALDP?
Yes, it's the same as with addons based on Bohemia Interactive's data. You need to abide to the conditions of the license under which the particular ALDP data were released.
Are you planning to release Take On: Helicopters sample models and licensed data packs?