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Re: plagiarism of reiserfs by Debian



Marcel Weber wrote:
> I think Hans has a good point. The inclusion of credits is something
> that should be respected. Free software does not mean that you can do
> what you want with a piece of code, but that you're allowed to use,
> modify and redistribute it freely, respecting it's license.
IMHO
a) It is unfortunate that copyright in the doc dir doesn't list the full
   copyright (at least in my version) that is in README, but only mentiones
   GPL. Also, I think that the credits should be put somewhere in the doc
   directory.
b) The licensing information certainly ist misleading: The first line says
   GPL 2, period. Then there's lengthy information for assigning copyright
   of patches. After that, there is that funny "nothing ... shall be interpreted
   to allow you to fail to fairly credit me, or to remove my credits ...",
   which I'd probably interpret as "you cannot distribute without something
   that says...".
c) Someone running fsck because he has trouble with his hard drive probably
   doesn't want to see the history of mankind from the beginning to the
   creation of reiser v3. The patches to the source seem to be making
   reiserfsck behave more like other fsck (e.g. adding -y), so I can understand
   why someone would remove them. (In fact, if I have a (insert your favorite
   language items here) broken reiserfs I probably don't want to know who
   sponsored the breakage and lose ** lines of scrollback messages for that.)
   So it's only reasonable to move the stuff. No other author of any piece of
   GPL'd software I know of has such obnoxious sponsorship messages. In fact,
   they are hindering usability of the tools.
d) At least the noninclusion of README is probably an honest mistake and a
   friendly email would 100% suffice.

Cheers

T.

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