Re: Fwd: Perl IO module license change
On 6 Feb 1998, Ben Gertzfield wrote:
> Graham Barr has changed the license on the IO Perl module after a lot
> of in-fighting on the Perl 5 Porters mailing list. I guess we'll have
> to stop including Perl (or at least the IO module) with Debian, unless
> someone can change Graham's mind.
i just checked the copyright on the IO i have on my system:
/usr/lib/perl5/i386-linux/5.004/IO/Pipe.pm contains the following text:
# Copyright (c) 1996 Graham Barr <Graham.Barr@tiuk.ti.com>. All rights
# reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
# modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
this is for version 1.0901
the other .pm files have the same message.
i suppose this means that a free version can be forked off from 1.0901 if
it becomes necessary.
> >>>>> "Graham" == Graham Barr <email@example.com> writes:
> Graham> All versions of IO before 1.19 are being removed from
> Graham> CPAN, however after posting 1.19 I did realise that I have
> Graham> made it too strict. It should be you can distribute
> Graham> unalterd copies freely, but modified copies cannot. I will
> Graham> be re-uploading when I have it sorted.
> I'll have to sadly forward this to the Debian GNU/Linux mailing
> list. Unless your license explicitly allows distributing patch-files
> along with your module, Debian cannot even start including IO with the
> rest of the distribution.
> Please see http://www.debian.org/social_contract.html#guidelines --
> you might have a change of heart after you see just how restricting
> your new license is. :(
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