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Re: MaintainerDatabase Copyright

>>"joost" == joost witteveen <joost@rulcmc.leidenuniv.nl> writes:

>> How do we recncile the fact that the database it self shall *not*
>> be distributed at all, just reports are generated and distributed?
>> Can we use the GPL in that case?

joost> I'd say (I'm not a lawer, nor do I play one on TV, but I did
joost> once read the GPL:) that would be no problem.

	The aspect of the GPL that concerns me is:

GPL> The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work
GPL> for making modifications to it.

	When we are talking about mixing GPL and non-GPL sources, the
 GPL sources are to be distributed, and that is what is edited as
 needed. (You can't just distribute the output of lex/yacc, you have
 to distribute the .l/.y source files, since that is what is normally

	In our case the editable entity is our raw database, and that
 can't be distributed, as it also contains the secret data. 

	I hypothesise that we can't use the GPL, if a copyright is
 applicable in the first place, someone has said that what we are
 talking about may not be copyrightable in the first place.

	Even if copyrights are not applicable, can't we ``ask'' people
 to foolow our guidelines, in lieu of legally binding copyrights and

 *very* confused
 It's better to be pissed off than pissed on.
Manoj Srivastava               <url:mailto:srivasta@acm.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA            <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>

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