Re: [aspell-devel] Problems with aspell-en license
On Mon, 21 Oct 2002, Kevin Atkinson wrote:
> Here is the README as found in the dec wordlist. It lists all the word
> list used. Since SCOWL is a compilation of several word lists, one of
> them which in DEC which is also a compilation of several word lists. I
> really do not think there is a problem. Furthermore the copyright of word
> lists is questionable in and of itself. Also, many word lists is SCOWL
> are taken from listing the words in well known copyrighted dictionaries.
> So a case could be made that many of the other word lists SCOWL uses are
> also of questionable copyright and should be removed which will lead me
> with nothing.
The point is that if I did not list my sources it will be virtually
imposable for some one to prove in court that I violated a copyright of
one of the word lists used in the DEC word list. Thus even if I did
violate a copyright it will virtually be unenforceable due to the very
indirect nature which I used the word lists.