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From Phil Steitz <pste...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Public Domain Software
Date Tue, 11 Jan 2005 22:34:38 GMT

Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> Thanks for all the pointers and info!
> Sounds like the approach is for Phil to approach MathWorks regarding 
> whether they'd be willing to relicense under the MIT or BSD licenses, 
> and/or whether the work was created as a work-for-hire by the U.S. gov't 
> in which case it truly would be public domain.  Based on an answer to 
> those questions, we can (probably very quickly, if they're willing to 
> relicense or if it's truly PD) get an official OK from the board and our 
> counsel about this.

Sounds like a plan. I had planned to contact them in any case, but 
wanted to know what to ask.  Now I know :-)
> BTW, this is exactly how I'm hoping the legal-discuss mailing list would 
> work; question is posed, perspectives on the answers given, research is 
> done, and then if a decision from board or ASF counsel is still needed, 
> it's already been vetted and stripped to the core issue.  And, the 
> archive serves as an FAQ for the next time someone has the same or 
> similar question.
>     Brian
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