I appreciate the trickiness here of dealing with author intent and wishes, and I think that I prefer greatly to be involved in a community where a mod author can say "no" and the code gurus and serious modders take them seriously and do not rip them off.
I feel particularly compelled, because the projects I assist on are *all* not my own genesis.
I appreciate Ascension64 *not* releasing a tool which can be used by anyone to convert anything. A dedicated modder can always rebuild a mod from the ground up using the same idea - if they are that dedicated and skilled, then they can take their chances with/have their fights with the original authors.
And I think dedicated modders and community members show respect for eachother's work, and do what good musicians do. When someone else has composed the score, the performers get permission, give source attribution, follow the score and the composer's wishes, and only improvise where the composer has opened the door and invited the performer in. The artistry lies in attempting to interpret the composer's work and injecting the artistry only to the extent that the music demands.
Please note that the conversion of resources is not a full mod conversion, and Ascension64 never said he was controlling anything (or for that matter, rebuilding anything without permission) other than his own work. He is offering services to the larger community, not just BGT. Even after conversion of resources, there will need to be serious tinkering and partial rebuilds on almost any mod.
Edited by cmorgan, 22 October 2006 - 07:54 PM.