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Re: [GNUnet-developers] Re "public domain" headers in GNUnet's website s

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Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] Re "public domain" headers in GNUnet's website source code
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:55:02 +0000

Alexandros Theodotou transcribed 2.6K bytes:
> Hi,
> Re: our discussion on IRC:
> There are at least two files in the GNUnet website source code that
> have unclear licenses, rendering them proprietary.

This is mostly Taler SAS and work done by whoever you find via git
blame on it (Florian Dold most of it, other fixes by me).


Same as above, but adding Marcello, Christian Grothoff, and tg(x).
> These files have no license or copyright notices. They simply say that
> "this file is in the public domain". In at least European countries,
> saying that "this file is in the public domain" is not enough to put
> something in the public domain. You have to explicitly use a license
> such as CC0 or WTFPL, otherwise the files are "all rights reserved".

My position is we can make it 0BSD or CC0. WTFPL is mostly nonsense here.
> I'm not really sure you can assume that these files are GPL'd either,
> otherwise they'd have a copyright notice. So in effect, these files are
> proprietary. I can't copy them and use them in my (A)GPL project.
> For such files, if you want to be lax, the GNU package maintainer
> guidelines generally recommend this:
> """
> Copyright (C) 2019 <name>
> Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
> are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
> notice and this notice are preserved.  This file is offered as-is,
> without any warranty.
> """

Would be alright with me, if no one disagrees I'll make the changes
in an appropriate timeframe (beginning of September).
> Can we add appropriate headers or footers to the files please?

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