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Re: MaintainerDatabase Copyright

>>"Oliver" == Oliver Elphick <olly@lfix.co.uk> writes:

Oliver> My conclusion from all this is that amateurs should not
Oliver> attempt to be lawyers, especially when we are dealing with the
Oliver> laws of (potentially) 250 odd countries! It's not just a
Oliver> simple matter of copyright under the Berne Convention.

	I, too, am fast getting to be of the opinion that I have no
 stomach for being in the middle of this.

	If a consensus on a licence for the dat set emerges, then a
 new questionnaire should be created and sent to the project
 members. If this licence allows for people to send in the data and
 not have it published, there shall be a choice on the questionnaire.

	In any case, the data gathered so far does not seem
 distributable in any form.

	In all this, I apologize to  Lindsay Allen, who has been stuck
 with the grunt work, and has never once complained about my
 mishandling the licence issues. 

	If any licence agreement is reached, I shall be happy to
 provide any technical assistance that is required.

We stand today at a crossroads:  One path leads to despair and utter
hopelessness.  The other leads to total extinction.  Let us hope we have the
wisdom to make the right choice.  Woody Allen
Manoj Srivastava               <url:mailto:srivasta@acm.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA            <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>

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