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Re: Open Source-ness of ircII

David Welton <davidw@gate.cks.com> writes:

> On Wed, May 27, 1998 at 07:09:42PM +0200, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > > Hrumph, ok, so I guess I will have to call.  What exactly should I ask
> > > him?  What should I try and get him to do?  
> > 
> > Ask him what he intended to say with his copyright rule. If he dontwanted it
> > to be as free as mgr thinks, then try to convince him from free software, if
> > he already wanted it to be free software (which is what i expect), then ask
> > him for a new statement, preferable a commitment to BSD-style or GPL.
> Well, I think we need to change the actual statement.. the problem,
> notwithstanding whatever intent he had, is that the whole thing is
> just not very clear.  It should definitely be under some 'real'
> license.

I think the closest thing to the original intent is for him to send the
current maintainer something in writing saying he grants that person a
royalty-free license with no restrictions to distribute anything derived from
his ircii work. Then let the current maintainer clarify the situation adding a
comment that that has been done and licenses for current versions are
completely up to him.

Or if he wants to protect the credit in there then the X11 style license is in
order. That lets the current maintainer add any restrictions or not as he sees
fit, as long as he keeps the body of the copyright, including the author's
name. Ideally you should avoid the BSD style license that imposes requirements
on advertising.


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