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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
is used:
   Written by Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho <ajk@debian.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 % gaia@iki.fi % http://www.iki.fi/gaia/ %%%

   "... memory leaks are quite acceptable in many applications ..."
    (Bjarne Stroustrup, The Design and Evolution of C++, page 220)

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