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From "Brett Porter (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-146) Are configuration files subject to copyright or other license?
Date Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:30:07 GMT

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Brett Porter commented on LEGAL-146:
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As a CloudStack mentor, I don't have a problem with this (but I'm not on the legal committee),
particularly if they are hand-coded after reading the manuals.

Also, aren't sshd & sysctl available under BSD licenses?
                
> Are configuration files subject to copyright or other license?
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-146
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-146
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Chiradeep Vittal
>
> In Apache CloudStack (incubating), we plan to distribute runtime configurations for software
that is GPL-licensed. Some of these configurations have been hand-coded after reading the
manuals, some of them are modifications of default configuration files that are included with
the program's distribution.
> For what it is worth there is only one way of making the said modifications (i.e., following
the manual for the software). 
> None of the original configuration files had any license text included with them.
> Examples:
> sysctl.conf : to configure and optimize the behavior of the Linux networking stack
> dnsmasq.conf: to configure behavior of the DHCP server to fit the needs of Apache CloudStack
> sshd.conf: to configure special ports and turn off password-based authentication

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