Re: One more try at freedom

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Tue Aug 19 2003 - 17:21:59 CDT

On Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at 04:55 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:

> At 4:28 PM -0400 8/19/03, David Mertz wrote:
>> Maybe if the sourceforge page ever gets updated to reflect GPL license
>> status the fact will not matter. At least the license will have the
>> force of law, even if it is not understood all around. Can we get that
>> change made--it seems like there is consensus here.
>
> Until we resolve the issue of revision logs, I think revising the
> source code license is premature.

Note that my proposal about the maintenance of complete documentation
does not restrict distribution, it merely obligates the distributer
to live up to certain standards. In this regard, it's not unlike
the GPL's restriction that you've got to keep the GPL attached when
you distribute the code, or like the BSD restrictions that require
the copyright notices to grow perpetually despite the fact that there's
no actual content being copyrighted (my favorite was an empty shell
script I found with a complete series of copyright notices that traced
back to almost primeval BSD through IBM and others).

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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