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

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #7015] Submission of Enhanced Brill's Parts-of-Speech Tagger
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 19:08:11 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #29, task #7015 (project administration):


Here's what I can find:

- the use of brackets in "[use, copy, modify and distribute, including the
right to grant others rights to distribute at any tier, this software and its
documentation for any purpose and without fee or royalty]" was considered
pretty weird.

- "without fee or royalty" may need that it is not possible to redistribute
the work in a commercial manner (for example, by charging for the media
support (CD-ROM, USB key, etc.))

- "including modifications that you make for internal use": the GNU GPL makes
no statement about internal use, so I don't know if that can be considered a
restriction from the GNU GPL

- "Title to copyright in this software and any associated documentation shall
at all times remain with M.I.T.": what does "with M.I.T." mean? Can this mean
that copyright needs to be assigned to MIT?

That's basically what I can tell myself from reading the license, I wasn't
given much detail from licensing@ besides the use of brackets.

So of course, IANAL, I'm not an attorney, and this is not legal
advice :)

I agree that this is probably wording details, but unfortunatly that would
matter in court.

So I would suggest using one of the existing licenses compatible with the GNU
GPL, verbatim. The license sometimes refered to as "MIT license" (Expat and
X11 at would be nice, and of
course the current W3C's Software Notice and License would fit too (note that
none of the licenses versions mentioned in the W3C  page match Eric's).



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