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Re: Copyright licence of your ConvertUTF tool

Hi again!

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 <foka@debian.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 <foka@debian.org>
> 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 <platin@ms31.hinet.net> of the Chinese Linux
> Extension Project (CLE).
> It was downloaded from
>     ftp://ftp.linux.org.tw/pub/CLE/CLE/CLE-v0.7p1/SRPMS/word-process/
>         utf-converter-1.0-3.src.rpm    
> Authors:
>     Ross Paterson <rap@doc.ic.ac.uk>
>     Guo Jin <guojin@iss.nus.sg>
> Copyright:
>     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  Perhaps it has been superceded by other Unicode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
> -- 
> Anthony Fok Tung-Ling                Civil and Environmental Engineering
> foka@ualberta.ca, foka@debian.org    University of Alberta, Canada
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