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Re: Aspell-en license Once again.

Scripsit Jeff Licquia <licquia@debian.org>
> On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 13:54, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > Man, you're way out. Some people (not all developers) point out that
> > the Database Directive exists. Not a word has been said about it being
> > "supreme" in any way. It exists. That is all. It that so har to grasp?

> Since we acknowledge that it exists, what should we do about it?

I don't argue any way here. In fact, it was probably a
misrepresentation of my own position to attach it so aggressively to
the database directive. What I really think (I think) is that word
lists may be protected by conventional (Berne) copyright.

My main interests here are to prevent history from recording d-l
consensus as "we don't need to worry about copyright for
spell-checking dictionaries because such copyright can't exist".

> So, given that we have:
>  - a good-faith effort to respect rights that may not even have existed
> at the time,

On what to do with the particular aspell-en lists I have no explicit
opinion. If it can be argued convincingly that we have proper
permission to distribute them (and I have not checked the facts here,
but I take your list to mean that you have), then of course we can.
I just don't want the *reason* for doing so to be "there was never a
problem in the first place".

Henning Makholm              "Det är alldeles för ansvarsfullt att skaffa en
                            flickvän. Det är ju som att skaffa en hundvalp."

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