Re: first package pcftisio
> > > >after searching for a copyright, I sent him an email about it:
> > >
> > > >> There is not copyright on pCFITSIO. No guaranties either :-)
> > >
> > > >so I was wondering, if such kind of 'NO COPYRIGHT' can be included in
> > > >debian ?
> > >
> > > Sure. It's public domain. I'd write a small blurb into the copyright
> > > file that says that you contacted the author for clarification, quotes
> > > the email and states that this has been interpreted that as placing the
> > > software in the PD, then sign the entire thing to testify that you have
> > > actually done all that stuff.
> > >
> > > Simon
> > hello,
> > I'm not having any response from the author.
> > so I've grepped copyright in the files. and get the follow
> > grep -i copyright *
> > config.c:Copyright (c) 2000, BeOpen.com.
> > config.c:Copyright (c) 1995-2000, Corporation for National Research Initiatives.
> > config.c:Copyright (c) 1990-1995, Stichting Mathematisch Centrum.
> > config.c:See the file "Misc/COPYRIGHT" for information on usage and
> > fitsio.h:Copyright (Unpublished--all rights reserved under the copyright laws of
> > fitsio.h:of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. No copyright is
> > fitsio.h:copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty appears in all copies.
> > fitsio.html:Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
> > pcfitsio_wrap.c: * Portions Copyright (c) 1995-1998
> > And I've put on the bottom of the email the part of the code which contains the word ``copyright''.
> > Now the fact is that I do not know if such kind of copyright on this files will arleady
> > not allowing us to push this software on debian. So if already restrict it, then there is no point
> > to bother the author. Does this files restricts it? if not I do have to re-contact the author of pcfitsio !
> I'm pretty confident that you could justify that this is free
> software, but it might require some work. Ideally this would would
> have already been done, and made available by a single coherent and
> comprehensive statement provided by upstream.
I've re-launched many times the author without having any response from him.
> > cat config.c
> > /* Generated automatically from /scisoft/bin/../python/lib/python2.1/config/config.c.in by makesetup. */
> > /* -*- C -*- ***********************************************
> > Copyright (c) 2000, BeOpen.com.
> > Copyright (c) 1995-2000, Corporation for National Research Initiatives.
> > Copyright (c) 1990-1995, Stichting Mathematisch Centrum.
> > All rights reserved.
> > See the file "Misc/COPYRIGHT" for information on usage and
> Do you have such a file?
> > cat fitsio.h
> > #include <numarray/arrayobject.h>
> > /* The FITSIO software was written by William Pence at the High Energy */
> > /* Astrophysic Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) at the NASA */
> > /* Goddard Space Flight Center. */
> > /*
> > Copyright (Unpublished--all rights reserved under the copyright laws of
> > the United States), U.S. Government as represented by the Administrator
> > of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. No copyright is
> > claimed in the United States under Title 17, U.S. Code.
> This is very good; it is public domain (although the way it is phrased
> seems poor)
this is the fitsio.h which is also provided by:
libcfitsio-dev so I do not feel that this file is so so related to pcfitsio.
As I told pcfitsio is a python wrapper arround cfitsio. And cfitsio is itself
a rewrite of fitsio is C.
> > Permission to freely use, copy, modify, and distribute this software
> > and its documentation without fee is hereby granted, provided that this
> > copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty appears in all copies.
> This is strange, again, since PD software doesn't need a license
> statement. But its okay I guess.
libcfitsio is already distributed with debian. So it looks more than ok : )
> > cat pcfitsio_wrap.c
> > /*
> > * FILE : pcfitsio_wrap.c
> > *
> > * This file was automatically generated by :
> > * Simplified Wrapper and Interface Generator (SWIG)
> > * Version 1.1 (Patch 5)
> > *
> > * Portions Copyright (c) 1995-1998
> > * The University of Utah and The Regents of the University of California.
> > * Permission is granted to distribute this file in any manner provided
> > * this notice remains intact.
> > *
> > * Do not make changes to this file--changes will be lost!
> > *
> > */
> You're going to have to find the input SWIG file, and make sure that
> it grants permission to both modify and distribute, and also try to
> make sure that SWIG comes with some statement to the effect of "swig
> output is under a liberal license ... "
As what I read, this should not be the problem:
I do not know that much about swig, but I think that the main software
written by the author is:
pcfitsio.c which is a 71 lines file.
and there is no copyright statment at all except that the author told me
that there is no COPYRIGHT by email.
I hope that we can integrate this small piece os software.
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