Re: Copyright licence of your ConvertUTF tool
It has been nearly two months since I last sent this message, but
I have yet to receive any reply. Please, we just need a short note
from you to clarify the copyright license of your UTF conversion tools,
otherwise we can't include it in the "Debian GNU/Linux" distribution.
That would be a pity because your utility is essential for our
Debian Chinese Project.
If you would like to see what we are doing, please see:
There was a small glitch in the past few days though, so if that doesn't
work, please try instead:
Thank you for your help.
Anthony Fok <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Debian developer, Debian Chinese Project participant
On Sat, Apr 17, 1999 at 03:09:07AM -0600, Anthony Fok wrote:
> Hello! :-)
> I am packaging your excellent ConvertUTF (or utf-converter) tool
> for Debian GNU/Linux, with the help of an existing RPM source
> package by Platin of the CLE Project. Your program simplifies
> the task of U8<->Big5<->GB conversion here. Thanks a lot! :-)
> I have a question about the copyright licence. I couldn't find any
> in README or the C source. As you probably know, Debian abides by
> the Debian Free Software Guideline (DFSG), from which the Open Source
> Definition (OSD) was derived. I wasn't sure about the copyright
> licence, so I put the following in /usr/doc/utf-converter/copyright:
> This package was Debianized by Anthony Fok <email@example.com>
> on Mon, 5 Apr 1999 01:41:07 -0600.
> It was created with the help of the source RPM package made by
> CHENG Yuan-Chung's <firstname.lastname@example.org> of the Chinese Linux
> Extension Project (CLE).
> It was downloaded from
> Ross Paterson <email@example.com>
> Guo Jin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Not sure, but it seems most likely in the public domain. :-)
> The README file lists ftp://unicode.org/pub/Programs/ConvertUTF/
> as the source location of the program, but I could no longer
> find it. Perhaps it has been superceded by other Unicode
> conversion programs? I will look into it later.
> and our Release Manager pointed out to me that "Not sure" is not
> a copyright licence and thus temporary rejected the package.
> I would be most grateful if you could clarify the issue.
> BTW, are there newer versions of your program? I could no longer
> find it on ftp.unicode.org.
> Thank you very much for your help! :-)
> Anthony Fok Tung-Ling Civil and Environmental Engineering
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