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Re: MaintainerDatabase Copyright

On 6 Oct 1997, Manoj Srivastava wrote:

> Hi,
> >>"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.
> 	manoj

No Problem.  This has been a learning experience for us all.  

Two thoughts:

*  Interested people submit proposed licences and we debate them.

*  I remember a practising lawyer (on debian-user?) giving us some advice
some months back.  If we find out who it was we could ask him for some

For myself, I favour the minimalist or KISS approach in view of claims
that the copyright belongs to the maintainer anyway. 

<Shameless plug>  I still have no answers from ~80 maintainers.  Please
contact me by email if you have not had a copy of the form, or return the
form if applicable.  </Shameless plug>


Lindsay Allen   <allen@cleo.murdoch.edu.au>  Perth, Western Australia
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