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Re: Doubt about license

On (26/09/06 10:20), Nelson A. de Oliveira wrote:
> Hi!
> On 9/26/06, James Westby <jw+debian@jameswestby.net> wrote:
> >> Asking the upstream author about the license of the program, he said
> >> that it's legacy code and the program is licensed under GPL only.
> >
> >He holds the copyright on this code?
> The full copyright message is:
> * The contents of this file are subject to the Netscape Public
> * License Version 1.1 (the "License"); you may not use this file
> * except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of
> * the License at http://www.mozilla.org/NPL/
> *
> * Software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS
> * IS" basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or
> * implied. See the License for the specific language governing
> * rights and limitations under the License.
> *
> * The Original Code is mozilla.org code.
> *
> * The Initial Developer of the Original Code is Netscape
> * Communications Corporation.  Portions created by Netscape are
> * Copyright (C) 1998 Netscape Communications Corporation. All
> * Rights Reserved.
> *
> * Contributor(s):
> *
> * His name <hisemail>

Well yes, the code is not (C) him, so he can't change the license
without permission of all the copyright holders. 

However it may be the case that the NPl has a clause that allows you to
turn it in to the GPL. Also it is possible that all code from these
projects has been retrocatively relicensed, in which case he should
include that statement when he relicenses.

If neither of these things are true then he must have the permission of
all copyright holders, i.e. the Netscape Communications Corporation. I
don't know who controls their interests now, but that may be difficult.


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