Re: RFS: windowlab (updated package)
fredag den 26 mars 2010 klockan 23:40 skrev Christoph Egger detta:
> On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 02:42:24PM +0100, Mats Erik Andersson wrote:
> > - dget http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/w/windowlab/windowlab_1.39-2.dsc
> I'm a bit converned about that patch's copyright stanza
> Files: debian/patches/30_interruptible_xevent.patch
> Copyright: 1994, 1995, 1996, Mark J. Kilgard
> 2010, Simon Engelsman <email@example.com>
> License: other
> This program is freely distributable without licensing fees
> and is provided without guarantee or warrantee expressed or
> implied. This program is -not- in the public domain.
> which doesn't talk about modifications at all.
Yes, I have my doubts myself. This copyright text is taken directly
from the patch itself, which is copied verbatim from 'launchpadlibrarian'.
Only a renaming of the patch is due to myself.
The upstream author has responded that if someone could convince him
about the compatibility of the licensing of Windowlab with the licensing
of the Kilgard-Engelsman patch, then he would be willing to apply it
to upstream source.
I get the impression that S. Engelsman took the function
interruptibleXNextEvent() from Mark J. Kilgard's contribution to Blender,
and then Engelsman wrote the replacing call instead of XNextEvent().
In this sense I do not see that the source by Kilgard is modified.
Engelsman himself does not mention any license conditions.
Would it be best to inhibit this package release altogether? One problem
is that this bug has been irregularly observed by myself, and I identified
the blocking culprit a week ago and mentioned this to the upstream author.
Now when there is a published solution, any other solution with some
resemblance to that of Kilgard-Engelsman would immediately be deemed
as infringing on their contribution.
If you say so, I will annihilate the package windowlab_1.39-2 from
mentors.debian.net. Then within shortly make an upload only containing
the format migration while I try to constuct a patch of my own.
Mats Erik Andersson