Legal status of short, perhaps uncopyrightable program (fwd)
I'm working on becoming a Debian developer, and I've begun talking to a
potential sponsor for a few packages in wnpp. A friend introduced me to an old
USENET post with a funny C program. I want to package it in Debian.
I think it's possible that the short strings in this program are
uncopyrightable since they're so short, and since there is no copyright for
databases the collection as a group isn't copyrightable either. (Like fortune
quotes.) But I'm not a lawyer, and I defer to the opinion of debian-legal.
There are some murmurings on the Web (e.g.,
http://packages.gentoo.org/ebuilds/?sex-1.0 ) from people who believe that it
is BSD-licensed, but in truth I have been able to find no license.
If it is decided that the code in it must be rewritten but the strings can
remain, then I am perfectly willing to have that happen.
is the original source of the program, as far as I can tell. The man who
posted this appears to be "Don Dodson", based on more Googling, but
Thanks, all. I look forward to hearing your well-reasoned opinions, and I hope
that they end in Debian's ability to redistribute at least the strings from
In the eyes of my dog, I'm a man.
-- Martin Mull