Re: license of translations
Nicolas =?iso-8859-1?Q?Fran=E7ois?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I would like to avoid the positions of two other projects:
> * The Translation Project is asking for a (paper) disclaimer for the GNU
> translations  (I find it too restrictive)
This is arguably the safest and is similar to other GNU contributions,
AIUI. I doubt many projects have the manpower/structures to handle it,
so I see why you want to avoid it.
> * Translations from Rosetta do not contain the name of the contributors
> (how to relicense a software with such a translation?)
I think this is stupid and makes lawyerbombs, so I see why to avoid it.
> [...] The easiest way would be to indicate
> that the licenses of the translations done with this infrastructure are
> the same as the original documents.
> Is it sufficient to have such a notice in the documentation of the L10N
> infrastrusture (or on the main page, all pages, on mailing list
> subscription, etc.)?
Maybe, but I'm not sure. Why take that risk?
> The infrastructure will also serve some files (e.g. PO files), which
> contain original strings (e.g. the strings used in the software). These
> files may not contain a license (when they are taken out of their source
> tree) or a copyright notice. Do you think it is a problem we should take
> into account while building this infrastructure? Do you have an idea on
> how it can be solved?
Yes, it should be taken into account.
Could the infrastructure insert a standard header for the translator
copyright notice(s) and put the work under the software's licence?
This may require a little extra setup when each source tree is added
to the infrastructure, but I think it is still a fairly simple solution.
I suggest telling it which lines of which file contain the licence
reference, so it can update itself if the upstream licence changes (say
GPLv2->3 or even just replacing the FSF's address).
For additional safety, can the infrastructure accept GPG-signed submissions?
Thanks for working on translation support,
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