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From Erik de Bruin <e...@ixsoftware.nl>
Subject Re: [DISCUSSION] Squiggly 1.0 release candidate 0
Date Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:14:00 GMT
This is another one for the (yet to be implemented)
legal-discuss@flex.apache.org mailing list :-(

Apparently there are two (or more) interpretations possible. Either agree
to disagree and toss a coin, or ask someone who can break the tie to take a
look, and move on, please.

EdB



On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM, Justin Mclean <justin@classsoftware.com>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> > To be safe, we should probably get a ruling from legal-dicuss on the
> SCOWL
> > dictionaries.
>
> No ruling is required, there are no incompatible licences, all
> dictionaries are based on word lists in the public domian and/or licenses
> unencumbered by rights that would be incompatable with Apache.
>
> But more importantly none are licenced under any licence listed in
> Category X (GPL, NPL, BCL etc).
>
> I'll also note that we are not even bundling this dictionary and other
> dictionaries exist that are also licensed by a license not in Category X.
>
> Here is the copyright/licence for the complete list of things in the SCOWL
> package, the english dictionary uses a subset of these licences.
>
> Again I see no licences that are incompatible and there are no Category X
> licences.
>
> The collective work is Copyright 2000-2014 by Kevin Atkinson as well
> as any of the copyrights mentioned below:
>
>   Copyright 2000-2014 by Kevin Atkinson
>
>   Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and sell these word
>   lists, the associated scripts, the output created from the scripts,
>   and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee,
>   provided that the above copyright notice appears in all copies and
>   that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in
>   supporting documentation. Kevin Atkinson makes no representations
>   about the suitability of this array for any purpose. It is provided
>   "as is" without express or implied warranty.
>
> Alan Beale <biljir@pobox.com> also deserves special credit as he has,
> in addition to providing the 12Dicts package and being a major
> contributor to the ENABLE word list, given me an incredible amount of
> feedback and created a number of special lists (those found in the
> Supplement) in order to help improve the overall quality of SCOWL.
>
> The 10 level includes the 1000 most common English words (according to
> the Moby (TM) Words II [MWords] package), a subset of the 1000 most
> common words on the Internet (again, according to Moby Words II), and
> frequently class 16 from Brian Kelk's "UK English Wordlist
> with Frequency Classification".
>
> The MWords package was explicitly placed in the public domain:
>
>     The Moby lexicon project is complete and has
>     been place into the public domain. Use, sell,
>     rework, excerpt and use in any way on any platform.
>
>     Placing this material on internal or public servers is
>     also encouraged. The compiler is not aware of any
>     export restrictions so freely distribute world-wide.
>
>     You can verify the public domain status by contacting
>
>     Grady Ward
>     3449 Martha Ct.
>     Arcata, CA  95521-4884
>
>     grady@netcom.com
>     grady@northcoast.com
>
> The "UK English Wordlist With Frequency Classification" is also in the
> Public Domain:
>
>   Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2000 20:27:21 +0100
>   From: Brian Kelk <Brian.Kelk@cl.cam.ac.uk>
>
>   > I was wondering what the copyright status of your "UK English
>   > Wordlist With Frequency Classification" word list as it seems to
>   > be lacking any copyright notice.
>
>   There were many many sources in total, but any text marked
>   "copyright" was avoided. Locally-written documentation was one
>   source. An earlier version of the list resided in a filespace called
>   PUBLIC on the University mainframe, because it was considered public
>   domain.
>
>   Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 19:31:34 +0100
>
>   > So are you saying your word list is also in the public domain?
>
>   That is the intention.
>
> The 20 level includes frequency classes 7-15 from Brian's word list.
>
> The 35 level includes frequency classes 2-6 and words appearing in at
> least 11 of 12 dictionaries as indicated in the 12Dicts package.  All
> words from the 12Dicts package have had likely inflections added via
> my inflection database.
>
> The 12Dicts package and Supplement is in the Public Domain.
>
> The WordNet database, which was used in the creation of the
> Inflections database, is under the following copyright:
>
>   This software and database is being provided to you, the LICENSEE,
>   by Princeton University under the following license.  By obtaining,
>   using and/or copying this software and database, you agree that you
>   have read, understood, and will comply with these terms and
>   conditions.:
>
>   Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software and
>   database and its documentation for any purpose and without fee or
>   royalty is hereby granted, provided that you agree to comply with
>   the following copyright notice and statements, including the
>   disclaimer, and that the same appear on ALL copies of the software,
>   database and documentation, including modifications that you make
>   for internal use or for distribution.
>
>   WordNet 1.6 Copyright 1997 by Princeton University.  All rights
>   reserved.
>
>   THIS SOFTWARE AND DATABASE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND PRINCETON
>   UNIVERSITY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR
>   IMPLIED.  BY WAY OF EXAMPLE, BUT NOT LIMITATION, PRINCETON
>   UNIVERSITY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT-
>   ABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THAT THE USE OF THE
>   LICENSED SOFTWARE, DATABASE OR DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT INFRINGE ANY
>   THIRD PARTY PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS OR OTHER RIGHTS.
>
>   The name of Princeton University or Princeton may not be used in
>   advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the software
>   and/or database.  Title to copyright in this software, database and
>   any associated documentation shall at all times remain with
>   Princeton University and LICENSEE agrees to preserve same.
>
> The 40 level includes words from Alan's 3esl list found in version 4.0
> of his 12dicts package.  Like his other stuff the 3esl list is also in the
> public domain.
>
> The 50 level includes Brian's frequency class 1, words appearing
> in at least 5 of 12 of the dictionaries as indicated in the 12Dicts
> package, and uppercase words in at least 4 of the previous 12
> dictionaries.  A decent number of proper names is also included: The
> top 1000 male, female, and Last names from the 1990 Census report; a
> list of names sent to me by Alan Beale; and a few names that I added
> myself.  Finally a small list of abbreviations not commonly found in
> other word lists is included.
>
> The name files form the Census report is a government document which I
> don't think can be copyrighted.
>
> The file special-jargon.50 uses common.lst and word.lst from the
> "Unofficial Jargon File Word Lists" which is derived from "The Jargon
> File".  All of which is in the Public Domain.  This file also contain
> a few extra UNIX terms which are found in the file "unix-terms" in the
> special/ directory.
>
> The 55 level includes words from Alan's 2of4brif list found in version
> 4.0 of his 12dicts package.  Like his other stuff the 2of4brif is also
> in the public domain.
>
> The 60 level includes all words appearing in at least 2 of the 12
> dictionaries as indicated by the 12Dicts package.
>
> The 70 level includes Brian's frequency class 0 and the 74,550 common
> dictionary words from the MWords package.  The common dictionary words,
> like those from the 12Dicts package, have had all likely inflections
> added.  The 70 level also included the 5desk list from version 4.0 of
> the 12Dics package which is in the public domain.
>
> The 80 level includes the ENABLE word list, all the lists in the
> ENABLE supplement package (except for ABLE), the "UK Advanced Cryptics
> Dictionary" (UKACD), the list of signature words from the YAWL package,
> and the 10,196 places list from the MWords package.
>
> The ENABLE package, mainted by M\Cooper <thegrendel@theriver.com>,
> is in the Public Domain:
>
>   The ENABLE master word list, WORD.LST, is herewith formally released
>   into the Public Domain. Anyone is free to use it or distribute it in
>   any manner they see fit. No fee or registration is required for its
>   use nor are "contributions" solicited (if you feel you absolutely
>   must contribute something for your own peace of mind, the authors of
>   the ENABLE list ask that you make a donation on their behalf to your
>   favorite charity). This word list is our gift to the Scrabble
>   community, as an alternate to "official" word lists. Game designers
>   may feel free to incorporate the WORD.LST into their games. Please
>   mention the source and credit us as originators of the list. Note
>   that if you, as a game designer, use the WORD.LST in your product,
>   you may still copyright and protect your product, but you may *not*
>   legally copyright or in any way restrict redistribution of the
>   WORD.LST portion of your product. This *may* under law restrict your
>   rights to restrict your users' rights, but that is only fair.
>
> UKACD, by J Ross Beresford <ross@bryson.demon.co.uk>, is under the
> following copyright:
>
>   Copyright (c) J Ross Beresford 1993-1999. All Rights Reserved.
>
>   The following restriction is placed on the use of this publication:
>   if The UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary is used in a software package
>   or redistributed in any form, the copyright notice must be
>   prominently displayed and the text of this document must be included
>   verbatim.
>
>   There are no other restrictions: I would like to see the list
>   distributed as widely as possible.
>
> The 95 level includes the 354,984 single words, 256,772 compound
> words, 4,946 female names and the 3,897 male names, and 21,986 names
> from the MWords package, ABLE.LST from the ENABLE Supplement, and some
> additional words found in my part-of-speech database that were not
> found anywhere else.
>
> Accent information was taken from UKACD.
>
> My VARCON package was used to create the American, British, and
> Canadian word list.
>
> Since the original word lists used in the VARCON package came
> from the Ispell distribution they are under the Ispell copyright:
>
>   Copyright 1993, Geoff Kuenning, Granada Hills, CA
>   All rights reserved.
>
>   Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
>   modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
>   are met:
>
>   1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
>      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
>   2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
>      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
>      documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
>   3. All modifications to the source code must be clearly marked as
>      such.  Binary redistributions based on modified source code
>      must be clearly marked as modified versions in the documentation
>      and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
>   (clause 4 removed with permission from Geoff Kuenning)
>   5. The name of Geoff Kuenning may not be used to endorse or promote
>      products derived from this software without specific prior
>      written permission.
>
>   THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY GEOFF KUENNING AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS
>   IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
>   LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
>   FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED.  IN NO EVENT SHALL GEOFF
>   KUENNING OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT,
>   INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING,
>   BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
>   LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER
>   CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT
>   LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN
>   ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE
>   POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
>
> The variant word lists were created from a list of variants found in
> the 12dicts supplement package as well as a list of variants I created
> myself.
>
> Thanks,
> Justin
>



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