Re: First ITP: slashdot-reader
On Sat, May 29, 1999 at 02:14:31AM -0600, James Bielman wrote:
> The license is basically none.
In other words, it's basically "all rights reserved", under the Berne
> Ie completely freeware.
This can mean anything from "you may download a binary from my homepage
but you must not redistribute it and you may use it only for your hobbies"
to "do whatever you will".
> Should I pester him for a more formal license,
More formal is not what is needed. We need a *clearly defined* license.
I myself use a variant of the following when I don't care how my code
Written by Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 1999-05-30
Use, modify and distribute as you please.
You can't get much more informal, but this is quite explicit, unlike
the "freeware" wording the author of your program used.
%%% Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho % email@example.com % http://www.iki.fi/gaia/ %%%
"... memory leaks are quite acceptable in many applications ..."
(Bjarne Stroustrup, The Design and Evolution of C++, page 220)