Re: How to get rid of non-free packers?
On Tue, Aug 27, 2002 at 12:50:58PM +0900, GOTO Masanori wrote:
> At Mon, 26 Aug 2002 00:23:30 -0700, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> > It looks like Arai-san firstname.lastname@example.org seems to be most active.
> > http://ns103.net/~arai is his URL
> > He has new autoconf version.
> > It looks to me people are treating almost like public domain as long as
> > New sources are available to general public.
Here I meant "most Japanese non-commercial entity" by "people". Debian
can not treat it as PD with current license for sure.
> It's worth considering to include/replace with his patch.
> It includes some more features. My little concern is he does not
> state any copyright issues clearly. I try to contact to him.
My understanding is what ever Arai-san did is copyright of him. Let's
try to let him license his portion with BSD without AD clause (i.e.
Problem is original software writers who wrote core parts have to agree
to a new DSFG compliant license. Otherwise this will not go into MAIN.
I think most of them will agree either GPL or X for their part of
contribution if we contact them properly. Here is my research result
for the original copyright holders.
Upstream authors, maintainers:
LHarc 0.01-1.00: Yooichi Tagawa (LHa code taken from here, 1988-1989)
Nikkei-mix ID: y.tagawa (Now this is defunct BBS, Licensing term
in manual page come from his licence for lharc)
His new web page seems to be www2s.biglibe.ne.jp/~yex/
email@example.com is the contact e-mail address for another
software. Page updated at least July/2001
LHa 0.01-1.00: Masaru Oki (LHa original author, 1991-1992)
Suse.com list e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LHa 1.10-1.14: Nobutaka Watazaki (Last official release? 1993-1995)
No e-mail available (Any idea?)
Lha 1.14a-1.14e: Tsugio Okamoto <email@example.com> (1996-2000)
LHa 1.15 Recent one on NET
LHA autoconf version: Arai-san <firstname.lastname@example.org> (2002)
All these people has some claim on copyright statement on source files.
lharc.c provides a good summary. (Please use that for README.Debian)
Problem is there is no e-mail available for the first 3 primary authors.
They are asking to be contacted by e-mail but there is no mention.
Anyway, getting license corrected for old softwares is very difficult.
Note: By the way, patch with name mentioned are:
email@example.com.CO.JP (rename.c -> utils.c)
Takayuki Honma (time related stuff, lhadd.c)
Kurashima@University of Tokyo (EUC)
Youchan@nikkei-mix (Minix patch)
These people's names except ishikawa do not exist in current source,
also lhadd.c which seems to be affected are marked as "source all
changed" by Watazaki. I would call them trivial contribution and do not
thin critical for copyright issue. Also in Makefile, there is mention on
# for OSK
# V1.08 1990.10.09 Sakura Tomozou
# V2.00 + lzhuf4/5 1990.10.26
but this is porting only and should not concern Debian.
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