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Re: Automake: use of modified Perl modules & GPL

From: Ask Bjoern Hansen
Subject: Re: Automake: use of modified Perl modules & GPL
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 19:58:46 -0700 (PDT)

On 22 Apr 2001, Russ Allbery wrote:

> I'm not asking anyone to do that.  :)  That's a lot of work.  Personally,
> I think that if either the testers or the upload processing just checked
> for a license statement in some standard location (a LICENSE section in
> the POD text, a LICENSE file, something like that) and nagged authors that
> didn't have such a thing, the problem would decrease in magnitude rather
> quickly to the point where after a year or two of module updates, one
> could probably easily enumerate the remaining modules without a standard
> indication of license and decide whether or not to do anything about that
> at that point.

I absolutely agree and I would think Elaine does too, so let's stop
at that and just get it done.

[ cc'ing cpan-testers, graham (for and andreas (for
  PAUSE) ]

We need some more or less automated way of checking for a license
and nagging authors without a license attached to their distribution
and/or modules.

Either look for a LICENSE file int the distribution, a =head1
(LICENSE|COPYRIGHT) section in the module pod or some combination of

Some combination of showing the modules license,
having cpan-testers nag the authors about it when they test and have
PAUSE nag the authors when they upload would be good.

What should we standardize on looking for?  I would think looking
for either of the two ways to include the license I described above
would work well. Comments?

 - ask

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