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Re: License DSFG-free?


On Mon, Dec 02, 2002 at 09:25:43AM +0100, Christian Kurz wrote:
> according to my ITP on debian-devel and in the BTS, I'm going to package
> tinycdb. First the current license for this package:

> |This package is written by Michael Tokarev, based on ideas and API
> |found in cdb-0.75 package by D.J.Bernstein, http://cr.yp.to/cdb.html.
> |
> |You can do whatever you like with this package.  The code is placed
> |at the public domain.
> |
> |This package is distributed in a hope it will be useful, but
> |WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of

> Now Michael, the upstream author, and I would like to ensure that this
> license is DSFG-free and doesn't introduce any problems for Debian.
> Therefor if anyone notices some problem, please inform me. It shouldn't
> be a big problem to make minor changes or admentments if necessary.

Although technically not a license, I believe the above statement is
sufficient to place the code in question in the public domain.  This
means that there is no longer a copyright on the software at all
(copyright has been waived), and therefore no license is necessary.  
Public-domain software is DFSG-free.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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