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From Dirk-WIllem van Gulik <>
Subject Re: Making CouchDB crypto dependency optional
Date Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:43:33 GMT
On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 1:23 AM, Jonathan <> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:31 PM, Dirk-Willem van Gulik <

>> wrote:

>> Sorry - that is the algorithm - not the *implementation*.

>> If you wrote it from scratch - just using documents like above - then you
>> are good (and all that is needed is a software grant from you - or a
>> contribution under a CLA - and point to the document as the source.).

> Excellent, thanks very much for the clarification - I'm thoroughly
> inexperienced when it comes to licensing.  My code was based off of
> pseudocode listed on Wikipedia and so (I believe) would fall under the
> CC-BY-SA license - I've updated the Jira issue as appropriate.  Thank you
> for catching this early.

If you take a very firm black and white stance - completely agreed. 

You could do three things:

-	Rewrite it based on or

-	Abide by the CC-by-SA which is apache compatible enough and 
	cut-and-paste in all the legal verbiage - that just adds a lot of
	silly bytes to the overall code though.

-	Convince the PMC that this is a sufficiently grey case where you fairly
	used a scholarly  work or  encyclopedia to base your code on - and then
	fudge it a bit with a link to the CC-by-SA and the wiki page - also given
	the fact that the likelihood of 1) an issue is small and 2) would propably
	feel that a /* comment */ with a pointer to the right wiki page is
	what they would expect. As they license/manage knowledge rather
	than control running code.

I think this is a perfectly gray case - and you should be able to get away with each - the
PMC can make the ultimate call.


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