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Dan Sugalski
October 26, 2002 12:18
Copyright notices and license stuff
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On Tuesday I'm going to go through and get the copyright notices and 
license stuff sorted out. This includes setting everything to be 
copyright YAS, and the license info (if any) in the individual files 
that are part of the core to get yanked in deference to the global 

If anyone objects, this would be the time to make it known. I'll get 
your code removed from the repository so it's not an issue.  Code in 
the icu/ and languages/ directories will not be affected. Just about 
everything else will be, at least potentially.

Please note that we're seriously considering moving to either a BSD 
or MIT style license for Parrot. (Over, to my great amazement, no 
objections whatsoever from the FSF) If you've provided code and 
object, this would be a good time to make your objections known. (We 
will be contacting everyone who's e-mail address is in a commit 
message in the repository before we do this) Note that objection here 
won't result in code yanking, so that's OK if it really bothers you.

One thing we will definitely be doing is officially restricting the 
scope of the license leakage. Parrot's license will explicitly not 
cover generated bytecode, nor will it cover the internal 
representation of anyone's source, much in the way that gcc's license 
doesn't apply to the object files it generates (and unlike the way 
gcc's license does apply to its internal representations of things) 
Note that this won't affect the license and rights of other people's 
code--if a bytecode file has bytecode that came from GPL'd source 
(that was not parrot core), then the GPL would still apply to it. We 
can't and certainly don't want to affect other people's source 
licenses, just our own.

--------------------------------------"it's like this"-------------------
Dan Sugalski                          even samurai                         have teddy bears and even
                                       teddy bears get drunk

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