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Re: Info Problem

On Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 08:23:19PM +0100, Arnt Karlsen wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Dec 2003 17:59:09 +0000, 
> Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org> wrote in message 
> <[🔎] 20031209175908.GA18541@riva.ucam.org>:
> > Eh? The code is GPL. The person in question was perfectly aware of
> > this and licensed his code the same way. *No* liberties are being
> > taken! 
> .._we_ know that.  His _heirs_, does not neccessarily know, understand,
> or appreciate, this fact.  Which again _may_ cause such bad feelings. 
> ..myself, I prefer to err on the side of caution, such bad feelings
> _can_ be prevented, both by removal of dead mens code, and 
> by asking the heirs.  Removal and rewriting, is of course the 
> safest approach, but forces "re-inventing the wheel", I like to see
> re-innovation happen on technological merits alone, not just 
> because someone dies.

Now I wish I'd never mentioned this. The case is no different from code
contributed in any other way. Go and dig up copies from
/usr/share/doc/man-db/copyright from back when Fabrizio was maintaining
it if you care; I don't have an interest in discussing this further when
you haven't read the text he himself wrote which makes the legal
situation perfectly clear.

EOThread for me.


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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