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Re: Aspell-en license Once again.



On Wed, 06 Nov 2002, Brian Nelson wrote:

> Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu> writes:
> 
> > Kevin Atkinson <kevin@atkinson.dhs.org> wrote:
> >> This is NOT a clear case of 'something being not freely licensed'.
> >> 
> >> 1) The exact license of the DEC word list is not clear.
> >
> > and then later in the DEC description
> >
> >> (NON-)COPYRIGHT STATUS
> >> 
> >>   To the best of my knowledge, all the files I used to build these
> >>   wordlists were available for public distribution and use, at least
> >>   for non-commercial purposes.  I have confirmed this assumption with
> >>   the authors of the lists, whenever they were known.
> >>   
> >>   Therefore, it is safe to assume that the wordlists in this package
> >>   can also be freely copied, distributed, modified, and used for
> >>   personal, educational, and research purposes.  (Use of these files in
> >>   commercial products may require written permission from DEC and/or
> >>   the authors of the original lists.)
> >
> > which is clearly not a free license.
> 
> No, that's not the point.

IMHO this is exactly the point.


> Most of people who actually hold the copyrights (if they even claimed
> any copyright at all, which is doubtful), are unknown and cannot be
> contacted.

People don't need to assert copyright to have it.

					yours,
					peter

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