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Re: cowsay could attract copyright and trademark enforcement action

From: Bone Baboon
Subject: Re: cowsay could attract copyright and trademark enforcement action
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 09:57:19 -0400

Bone Baboon writes:

> cowsay has many questionable files that could attract copyright and
> trademark enforcement action.  For further details see the pull
> requested linked below.
> Guix packages cowsay.  /gnu/packages/games.scm says that the source code
> repository used is <>.
> In that repository's it says "Issues and pull requests
> on that repository will be ignored.".  I submitted a pull request
> <>.  I expect that
> it will be ignored.
> I have also found a fork of cowsay
> <> that claims to be maintained.
> I have submitted a pull request to it as well.
> <> 
> It would be good to have this issue addressed upstream.  I have just
> submitted these pull requests.  I will provide an update if either pull
> request is merged (modified or unmodified).  If neither repository makes
> any changes to address these questionable files then it may make sense
> for Guix to patch the cowsay package.

In this response to the pull request I submitted about the
questionable files in the cowsay repository
apjanke is requesting feedback.

> If there are any actual IP lawyers, relevant IP owners, or
> distributions who redistribute cowsay who would like to weigh in on
> this, I'd definitely like to hear what you have to say.

For those who want to respond to apjanke but do not have or do not
want to use a GitHub account I can link this email thread in the
discussion about the pull request.

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