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Bug#1282: minicom copyright

David H. Silber wrote:
> Package: minicom
> Version: ???
> I have a copy of minicom in /usr/bin and the copyright notice.  I think I
> installed it and then removed it but some stuff got left behind?
> Anyway the real problem could be the minicom copyright, which starts:
>   [Maintainer's note: I could not find any copyright or distribution rights
>    information anywhere in the source code to Minicom 1.6.  With that in mind,
>    I would imagine that Minicom is freeware (whatever that means) but please
>    give any credit for this fine program to the author.  If you would like
>    specific licensing information you can contact the author at one of the
>    addresses below.]
> This worries me.  Do we even have permission to copy the program or provide
> to others?

Yes, I think so. At least minicom-1.70 contains the following copyright notice:

 * minicom.c    Main program. The main loop of the terminal emulator
 *              itself is in main.c. (Yeah yeah it's confusing).
 *              This file is part of the minicom communications package,
 *              Copyright 1991-1995 Miquel van Smoorenburg.
 *              This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
 *              modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
 *              as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version
 *              2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
 * fmg 1/11/94 colors


 Peter Tobias                                EMail:
 Fachhochschule Ostfriesland                 tobias@et-inf.fho-emden.de
 Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informatik   tobias@perseus.fho-emden.de
 Constantiaplatz 4, 26723 Emden, Germany

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