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Re: libcurses-ui-poe-perl - can somebody review please?

-=| Antony Gelberg, Thu, May 08, 2008 at 10:32:44AM +0000 |=-
> On 2008-05-08, Damyan Ivanov <dmn@debian.org> wrote:
> > Some clarification of copyright/licensing could still be done:
> Actually, the examples are all the same as the ones in
> libcurses-ui-perl, but with minimal changes.  e.g:
> antony@cubase:~/src/debian/perl/build/Curses-UI-POE-0.031$ diff
> /usr/share/doc/libcurses-ui-perl/examples/color_editor
> examples/color_editor 
> 7c7
> < # This file is part of Curses::UI. Curses::UI is free software.
> ---
> > # This file is part of Curses::UI::POE. Curses::UI::POE is free
> > software.

Ouch! This means that their authors are completely different? This
should be reflected somehow in the files (and consequently in

> > examples/color_editor:
> >  # (c) 2001-2002 by Maurice Makaay. All rights reserved.
> >  # This file is part of Curses::UI::POE. Curses::UI::POE is free
> >  # software.
> >  # You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms
> >  # as perl itself.
> >  #
> >  # e-mail: maurice@gitaar.net
> >  #
> >  # Color demo 2003 (c) by Marcus Thiesen
> >  # marcus@cpan.org
> >
> > I wonder what license Marcus wants for his work.
> I can contact him and ask, but is it not common sense to assume that if
> Marcus had wanted a different licence to the above, he would have
> specified?  I don't think, if several people work on code, that each
> person should have to specify his own licence.

No if it was written as:

  © Some Author. All rights reserved.
  © Another author.
  This file is free ...

then there would not be any doubt. The way it is written makes me wonder
what was intented.

> > examples/demo-color, demo-language, demo-widgets, hello_world,
> > irc_client, mouse_focustest, pop3_reader:
> >  no copyright/license whatsoever. Not critical as it would be /assumed/
> >  "same as the main module", but while you are at it...  :)
> >
> As per what I said about the diff above, I think I really need to ask
> Curses::UI upstream about this, as it applies to both that and
> Curses::UI::POE.

I think it would be easier if ::POE upstream add something like

  Based on work of <insert relevant Curses::UI author here>.
  Copyright <years> <the original author>
  Copyright <years> <the ::POE author>
  This file is free ... <license terms>

It is very good that upstream is responsive. If they weren't, I guess
we'd have no other choice but to ship whatever we have now, adding the
license-less files to debian/copyright and explaining the state (and
leaving the finall decision to ftp-masters).

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