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From Craig L Russell <Craig.Russ...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: LICENSE and NOTICE files and SVN
Date Tue, 15 Jan 2008 19:46:26 GMT
Hi Doug,

On Jan 15, 2008, at 11:29 AM, Doug Cutting wrote:

> Stefano Bagnara wrote:
>> Well, this is a lawyer issue: every time I asked a lawyer what I am  
>> supposed to do with code I found on the internet and does not have  
>> any reference to the copyright and the license under which it is  
>> distributed he told me: NOTHING.
>> So all of my considerations started from this.
>
> But ask that same lawyer whether it is better when distributing code  
> to post the license in more places rather than fewer and he'll say  
> MORE. One should be conservative in both cases: one should not use  
> other's things without clear permission, and one should make as  
> clear as possible to others the conditions in which one's things may  
> be used.
>
> We don't intend subversion as a release distribution, but it is a  
> draft distribution, and drafts should resemble the final product.

This might be true for your projects. It isn't close to true for many  
of the projects I work on. If subversion were a draft distribution  
there would be very little *release* creation.

Craig

> It would be good to add a disclaimer to subversion (as someone  
> suggested), but removing license terms wouldn't help anything and  
> might hurt.
>
> Doug
>
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Craig Russell
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