The entire reason we use patches here at SMWC is to only distribute the parts of the original file that have been changed
, to avoid legal issues. They assume you don't have permission to distribute the modified file in its entirety, and they assume the recipient of the patch already owns the original file. You are not legally in the wrong for distributing any part of the original file that may be copyrighted because the patch does not contain them. This doesn't change because the copyright of the original file (in this case, the contents of the original Yoshi's Strange Quest bps as found in the hacks section) is owned by an SMWC user.*
Following the above, the logic goes like this:
- The stated purpose of this hack is to be an easier version of Yoshi's Strange Quest. Minish Yoshi hasn't claimed any part of Yoshi's Strange Quest as their creation in any way.
- Since this is being distributed as a patch, it should only contain parts of the original that are changed. It inherently assumes that the person using the patch already has a copy of Yoshi's Strange Quest.
- Therefore, the source file for this patch is (or rather, should be) Yoshi's Strange Quest.
- Because the source file for the patch is not (or rather, should not be) vanilla Super Mario World, it is technically not
a hack of Super Mario World. It's a hack of Yoshi's Strange Quest.
- Because it's not a hack of Super Mario World, it's not eligible for voting in SMW hack categories.
This logic only applies to hacks, because the site's resource sections don't distribute files in patch format. There are very few exceptions to this, usually graphics submissions that contain global or overworld animations (as there is no way to distribute these animations otherwise).
The caveat to this is that it makes distribution harder. Requiring additional steps reduces engagement; people are less likely to use your patch if it means they have to use another patch first
. Using vanilla Super Mario World as the source file for this patch makes it more usable at the expense of reducing engagement with the original hack.
Using SMW as the source file is only acceptable here because Minish Yoshi specifically got permission from yoshifanatic to distribute the patch. Permission from yoshifanatic is required in order to include his copyrighted code in the distributed patch, otherwise Minish Yoshi would be required
to use Yoshi's Strange Quest as the source file instead (note that permission is not
required in any way if Yoshi's Strange Quest was the source). Using SMW is only done to make the hack more accessible to the userbase and doesn't change the fact that it's a hack of a hack and not a hack of SMW.