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Re: Your C-Scan Perl distribution - copyright and licensing terms? :)

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:07:55PM -0800, Ilya Zakharevich wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 04:44:45PM +0200, Peter Pentchev wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > First of all, thanks for writing the C-Scan extension!
> > 
> > I'm currently in the process of packaging it for Debian GNU/Linux.
> > One of the features of Debian is that it is quite strict about
> > the licensing terms of the software and other work included in its
> > distribution; thus, it is highly preferable and usually essential to
> > have a clear authorship, copyright and licensing statement from
> > the authors and contributors of the various packages included in Debian.
> > 
> > Now, it seems that the C-Scan distribution as uploaded to CPAN does not
> > really have any mentions of your name as the author, or any statement
> > about the distribution terms of the files.  Could you please clarify
> > the situation? :)  Elie Rosenblum, who used to maintain a C-Scan package
> > in Debian, seems to have obtained a statement from you saying that
> > everything you release is distributed on the "same as Perl" basis; would
> > it be possible to restate that, just for the record, if it's not too
> > much bother? :)
> Consider it restated. ;-)

Thanks! (and sorry for the time it took me to reply just to say "thanks!")

Now there seems to be just one little thing left to do - a similar
question to Hugo van der Sanden.  Since the C-Scan distribution in its
latest release does not really contain any information about licensing
and copyright, would it be possible for you to clarify the licensing
terms on your changes to C-Scan?  Just as with Ilya Zakharevich (see
below), in the long term it would be best to release a new version with
the appropriate sections in the documentation or the README file, but
for the present - for the needs of the Debian packaging of C-Scan - an
e-mail reply would quite suffice.

> > Actually, the best solution would be for you to release a new version of
> > C-Scan to CPAN, with either the README file or the Scan.pm POD docs
> > containing an "AUTHOR(S)" and a "COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE" section, so that
> > this is explicitly published for the world to see.  However, I understand
> > that a new CPAN release may sometimes be hard on one's free time :) and so
> > a licensing terms confirmation by e-mail might be enough.
> I hate updating for metadata-only changes.

Yep, quite understandable :)

> Thanks for you nice words,

Once again, thanks to both of you for working on C-Scan!


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