Hello Christian, On Sun, Feb 07, 2010 at 03:14:39PM +0100, Christian PERRIER wrote: > The mentions in the "offending" files mentioned in this bug report are > very clearly copy and paste that was made without thinking by the > people who did so.
While this is most likely true (especially for those with a truncated license) I don't know if you can say so for sure. Maybe some of the authors liked the license? In some (e.g. de_AT, ca_FR) I see a point of contact mentioned, probably finding their (unfortunately not given) e-mail adress and contacting them could resolve them quickly? Probably _POSIX served as an example? I think the author of this file should be the first contact. > A very good example are the wo_SN, ca_AD, eu_FR (and maybe a few > others), which I am the author of. So, yes, I am one of those people > who didn't even imagine that people would consider locale files as > somethign that could have a licence? Yes, at least in the EU collections (even if the individual entries are public knowledge) have a copyright so I thinks (IANAL) that a license is in order. > It was definitely not my intent to give a licence to a collection of > information that indeed belongs to the public domain. And, still, I > blindly and carelessly copied information from another locale. I suggest putting a proper license on them for your entries, as »public domain« is not a universal concept but a license is. A simply BSD one should suffice, then. > So, I wonder whether the following: > # Distribution and use is free, also for > # commercial purposes. > should be considered a "licence". > > So, really, considering this as RC for files where even the fact that > a licence can apply to, is highly debatable. I therefore suggest that > an exception is granted for squeeze to give time to "fix" this: Since some of them are rather old I think having some more time to fix this (i.e. beyond the release of Squeeze) would be appropriate. > - either by rewriting the offending locales....which would indeed > be just copy and paste, as such information has, by definition, only > one form First I would try to contact the original authors where possible. Maybe rewriting would then be unecessary. > - or by "relicensing" them (which I'll do immediately for locales I > wrote, putting them in the public domain). I'd suggest going for BSD or similar, see above. > Release team, would you be OK to grant an exception for locales ad bug > #555168? The alternative would of course be to downgrade this bug to > severoty important (imho, it should be "minor", even). I'd also ask for an exception.  This is especially true since several entries are from ISO (cf. de_AT, or especially POSIX) and here copyright is taken care of very carefully (at least usually). But maybe they simply did not think about modification - a mail to Keld Simonsen (he explicitly lists the ISO comittee, he might have the history and contact details of the other authors) should clarify that. -- Dr. Helge Kreutzmann deb...@helgefjell.de Dipl.-Phys. http://www.helgefjell.de/debian.php 64bit GNU powered gpg signed mail preferred Help keep free software "libre": http://www.ffii.de/
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