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Re: DomainKeys license(s)

On Thursday 24 August 2006 21:19, MJ Ray took the opportunity to say:
> Magnus Holmgren <holmgren@lysator.liu.se> wrote:
> > On Thursday 27 July 2006 12:15, Magnus Holmgren took the opportunity to 
> > > I sent a "clarification request" using their feedback form a couple of
> > > weeks ago. Still no reaction (reply or update of their web page). I
> > > asked if their intention is to license their patents as long as all
> > > code using them is available under (at least) GPL 2.0. If so, it should
> > > at least be safe (w.r.t. to copyright and patents) to package
> > > libmail-domainkeys-perl and libmail-dkim-perl.
> > >
> > > Can I and my sponsor proceed, assuming that nothing bad will happen? I
> > > think it's a pretty good assumption, but I guess that this kind of
> > > legal uncertainty is unacceptable. Can someone with more influence
> > > please try to get an answer out of Yahoo? Considering all the
> > > complaining about how broken SPF is, I reckon there must be some
> > > interest in DKIM.
> >
> > I still haven't received any comment on this. Isn't anyone interested?
> I thought you were waiting for help contacting Yahoo.  I don't think
> I can do more than you on that.  Do you know that your clarification
> request ever got to a human?  Have you tried following up by phone,
> fax or whatever?

That too. I haven't found any other way of contact, except 
http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/permission.cfm. In any case it would 
probably be cheaper for someone on the right side of the pond to call them.

> > Since DFSG apparently (according to the recent discussion) only deals
> > with copyright and restrictions imposed by the copyright owner, [...]
> Sorry, but I think that's nonsense.  Please be careful who you believe.
> Check for yourself: try searching the DFSG and Social Contract for any
> such limit.

At least I provoked some responses. :-)

> > What about the Perl license and the OpenSSL license (my packages depend
> > on Perl OpenSSL wrapper packages)? [...]
> > Can someone please explain the full implications? My head is spinning...
> Yep, that's messy.  I'm no OpenSSL expert - please start a new thread on
> that with OpenSSL in the subject so that wiser people will spot it.
> ftpmasters may be happy or not about the patent situation (it doesn't seem
> to be very actively enforced), but I guess the OpenSSL question needs
> checking.

When I think about it: Since there is no object code in the 
libmail-domainkeys-perl or libmail-dkim-perl binary packages, there shouldn't 
be any problems with GPL as far as *these* packages are concerned.

Magnus Holmgren        holmgren@lysator.liu.se
                       (No Cc of list mail needed, thanks)

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