The following are emails exchanged between I and T. Hollenshead of ID Software. They have not been altered in any form:
If what you're saying is true, then ZDaemon would be inducing users to illegally download copyrighted property of id Software, in violation of the end user license agreement for any and all of the games you mentioned and also in violation of the license under which the DOOM source code was released (which I presume they use). As you have pointed out, "classic" DOOM titles, as well as Hexen and Heretic, are still sold commercially today on the id Software website, as well as other places. However, "commercial viability" is not a prerequisite for copyright infringement.
At 09:11 PM 4/11/2006, you wrote:
> Dear Mr. Hollenshead,
> Forgive me for not knowing exactly who to send this to email to but I'm sure you can answer and address the issue just fine. Allow me to jump right to the point. A multiplayer source port of the classic Doom engines, ZDaemon (http://zdaemon.org
) uses a utility called GETWAD built into its launcher that finds wads for its users. While this is a great utility it illegally obtains any IWADs needed to play as well (Dooms, Hexen, Heretic). This issue has been brought to the dev team multiple times over an extended period of time and they have taken no action.
> As the classic Doom titles still appear to be commercially viable (Doom Collectors Ed.) I was curious as to your stance on this utility. Thank you for taking the time to read my email.
> -Ralph Vickers