Re: ircII is now free.
Michel Sandrof, Troy Rollo, and Matthew Green are putting the ircII
code under the following license (BSD without the 'advertising'
clause), retroactive to all versions of ircII, past and present, in
order to indicate that it is Open Source without a doubt (the previous
license, while intending to be free, was not entirely clear).
This change was prompted by the Debian project, who require that all
software in their main distribution pass the DFSG (Debian Free
Software Guidelines http://www.debian.org/social_contract.html).
Several maintainers noted that the license was not clear in places,
and an effort was made to contact Michael Sandrof, Troy Rollo and
Matthew Green, the author, and subsequent maintainers, respectively,
of ircII in order to clarify the situation. This effort was
successful, and the three agreed to retroactively assign a modified
BSD license to the code.
The Debian project thanks James Troup and Igor Grobman for pointing
out this problem, David Welton for taking the time to contact and
query the past and present ircII coders about changing the license,
and, most of all, Michael Sandrof, Troy Rollo and Matthew Green, first
and foremost for their great piece of software, and also for taking
the time to deal this issue.
* Copyright (c) 1990-1998 Michael Sandrof, Troy Rollo, Matthew R. Green
* All rights reserved.
* Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
* modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
* are met:
* 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
* notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
* 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
* notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
* documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
* 3. The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products
* derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
* THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHORS ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR
* IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES
* OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED.
* IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT,
* INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING,
* BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
* LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED
* AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY,
* OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY
* OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF
* SUCH DAMAGE.
Ok, how does this sound? Comments? Let's get this thing out the
door.. I am getting pretty burnt out about ircII licensing:->
David Welton http://www.efn.org/~davidw
Debian GNU/Linux - www.debian.org
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