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Changing a license of a unmaintained software


Let's assume that there is a 10 year old software wich is available in
source form on various places on the internet but it has no maintainer and
no home on the internet and the software has a nonfree license. Let's assume
I found the original author and convinced him in changing the license to a
free one. What is the procedure in doing this license change? The author is
no longer maintaining the software, he is not publishing it anywhere. Is it
enough when the author sends me an email in which he write about the change
of the license? And what needs to be done after that? Can I publish the
source code on my own website with a changed license file? Have I to include
the mail from the original author to prove that the license was changed by
the author?

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