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Re: wanting to package wpoison

On Tue, Sep 10, 2002 at 08:07:29AM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 09, 2002 at 10:00:36PM +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
> > I'd like to package wpoison[1] for Debian.
> > 
> >   1. http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/
> > 
> > This is the license that comes with it, could you tell me if it's
> > DFSG-compliant? I think so...
> why not avoid the licensing problem entirely and just clone it?
> i've seen half-a-dozen variants of the fakelist.pl/wpoison idea over the
> years, and they all do basically the same thing: generate random strings
> that look like email addresses.
> fakelist.pl has the nice idea of sleeping for a few seconds between each
> address, slowing down harvester bots.  it also comes with some neat
> mod_rewrite sample rules for redirecting known harvester bots to
> fakelist.pl
> unfortunately, it has no explicit license at all...not even a copyright
> statement.  the author appears to be Tony Awtrey <tony@awtrey.com> and
> the home URL is http://www.awtrey.com/files/spamsucks/
> it's not rocket science.  it's about half an hour's work.  
> i'd write one for you myself, but it wouldn't be a "clean-room"
> reimplentation as i've seen the source for both wpoison and fakelist.pl
> (i use a modified version of fakelist on my own system).
> craig

I, on the other hand, have never seen anything of either of these except
this discussion. If someone is willing to provide me with a clear
description of the desired use environment and result, I'm willing to put
in half an hour (or even a couple of hours, for that matter) of work, and
provide a workalike under, oh... let's say the Clarified Artistic license,
since that's what I usually use. Unless someone has a convincing reason to
go with some other DFSG-free license; I'm not particularly attached.

Granted, it also seems like re-inventing the wheel, but if nobody can find
a DFSG-free version of what this appears to be aiming to accomplish, I'm
fine with blowing a few hours to give us one, since folks clearly want
Joel Baker                           System Administrator - lightbearer.com
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