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From Sam Ruby <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: Wikipedia pseudocode
Date Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:05:53 GMT
On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 1:46 AM, Henri Yandell <hyandell@gmail.com> wrote:
> I disagree with Dirk on the point of CC-by-SA being equivalent with
> Apache License 2.0. The Attribution
> licenses sure, but SA is Share-Alike and more akin to CDDL/MPL - plus
> it's very focused on "literary or artistic works" which makes reading
> it a bit hard from a software point of view.
>
> However I agree with Dirk on his 3rd point (though I wouldn't use the
> word fudge :) ). Reading pseudo-code in Wikipedia is akin to reading
> pseudo-code in a book. It's knowledge the book is imparting and
> recreation is the intent. Equally this concerns implementing a spec
> (and not one with dodgy licensing at that) and I suspect from looking
> at the Wikipedia page that sane implementations are all generally
> going to look that way.

Agree with Henri.

I don't believe that a link to the Wikipedia page is absolutely
required; but may be helpful both to people who are attempting to
understand the code or how the code was created.

> My 2c.
>
> Hen

- Sam Ruby

> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Chris Anderson <jchris@apache.org> wrote:
>> Legal folks,
>>
>> CouchDB has a potential contribution that's raised some interesting questions.
>>
>> We currently rely on Erlang's crypto libraries (which use OpenSSL) but
>> our contributor Jonathan couldn't get them to build on an embedded
>> device. He wrote a native Erlang replacement library, based on the
>> algorithms as shown on Wikipedia.
>>
>> There's a case to be made that this is just fine and Jonathan can
>> grant us this code under the Apache license. There's also a case that
>> Wikipedia's license applies, so we can't accept the contribution. The
>> alternative would be to have someone do a port based on APR or another
>> known safe source.
>>
>> The patch and ticket are here:
>>
>> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-625
>>
>> There is a dev@ discussion of licensing here:
>>
>> http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/couchdb-dev/201001.mbox/%3c3D7E6279-A9B8-4EAA-BDA6-F62E4E1DB3BA@bbc.co.uk%3e
>>
>> We're looking for anyone who can shed light on this grey area.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Chris
>>
>> --
>> Chris Anderson
>> http://jchrisa.net
>> http://couch.io
>>
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