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Re: bsd license question



On Mon, 28 Feb 2005, eric wrote:

Doesn't this stuff belong on openbsd-advocacy@

Eric has a point -- I'm already posting this mail to advocacy_(_at_)__(_dot_)_ |f people agree that we should relocate there, I'd be happy to go along.


On 1 Mar 2005, at 09:45, Dirk-Willem van Gulik wrote:

curl -O http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt
vi LICENSE-2.0.txt
/3
d}
:wq

Which is taken as a serious and contructive proposal. As this is a worry
which is widely shared.


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But is it just the last paragraphwhich is the issue - or the whole of
clause 3 as a whole ? Because with just the first paragraph the submarine
issue is addressed to some extend.

I think we're looking at different versions.
In http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt, the above are ONE paragraph.


Yes, admittedly, with just the second bit removed, it does look a lot better to me -- but that's at first sight. I probably would _prefer_ for the entire paragraph to go, but I don't currently see any mayor issues with leaving in the first part of said paragraph. I guess "the jury's still out on that one"; what do others think?

Thanks and regards,
Jens Ropers
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