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[Savannah-register-public] [task #7015] Submission of Enhanced Brill's P

From: Michael Casadevall
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #7015] Submission of Enhanced Brill's Parts-of-Speech Tagger
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 07:53:39 +0000
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Update of task #7015 (project administration):

                  Status:              Wait reply => Need Info              


Follow-up Comment #3:

I'm unfortunately at work so I can't go through the project to check headers
and such, but I can respond to your licensing question.

As it stands 'old BSD'-style licenses are incompatiable with the GPL due to
what's know as the adversing clause. The problem section with Brill's license
is specially: "provided that you agree to comply with the following copyright
notice and statements, including the disclaimer, and that the same appear on
ALL copies of the software and documentation, including modifications that
you make for internal use or for distribution: ". 

The GPL doesn't have any restrictions on having the notices in documentation,
thus (to my knowledge) is incompatiable (for reference sake, here's the
revelant sections of the GPL):

6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program),
the recipient automatically receives a license from the original licensor to
copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to these terms and conditions.
You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the
rights granted herein. You are not responsible for enforcing compliance by
third parties to this License. 

In addition, under clause 6 of the GPL, you can't mix your GPL code with this
license; I hate to be the bearer of bad news but any code linked against a GPL
project must be GPL compatiable. Your best bet would be to try and contact
Eric Brill and/or MIT (whoever holds the copyright this case), and ask them
to either give you an expection to that clause, or better yet, get them to
re-release under the GPL, or another GPL-compatiable license. 

As it stands, I can't approve your project for hosting on Savannah until this
issue is resolved. If you are going to try and contact Eric Brill on
re-licensing his module, I can mark this item as Postponed, and close it
until you get back to me. Otherwise, I will cancel your hosting request. If
your interested in resolving your licensing issues off Savannah, you can
contact via email (its in my public profile), and I'd be happy to help you. 


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