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Revised Copyright: is this more palatable?

From: The Hermit Hacker <scrappy(at)hub(dot)org>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Revised Copyright: is this more palatable?
Date: 2000-07-04 14:42:00
Message-ID: Pine.BSF.4.21.0007041125490.833-100000@thelab.hub.org (view raw or flat)
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Okay, from seeing the responses so far on the list, I'm not the only one
that has issues with the whole "juristiction of virginia" issue *or* the
"slam this copyright in ppls faces" ... I do like the part in BOLD about
"ANY DEVELOPER" instead of just the "UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA" ... but I
consider that an appendum/extension of what is already stated ...

Is the following more palatable to those of us that aren't US citizens? 

The only part that I believe at least one person had an issue with was:

"Any person who contributes or submits any modification or other change to
the PostgreSQL software or documentation grants irrevocable,
non-exclusive, worldwide permission, without charge, to use, copy, further
modify and distribute the same under the terms of this license."

Quite frankly, all I'm reading into this paragraph is that once committed,
Jan (as a recent example) couldn't come along and pull out all his TOAST
changes ... could you imagine the hell that would wreak were he (or anyone
else) were to pull crucial changes after others have built upon it?

The only change in this is the "Juristiction" para is removed ... I've
read this over several times now, and personal feel that all its doing is
extending the existing copyright to cover *ALL* developers, and not just
the "UNIVERITY OF CALIFORNIA" ones ...

If someone wants to point out something I have missed, I'm more then open
to re-reading it again ;)

I consider it an appendum to the existing copyright ... I don't know, does
that make it any less BSD/open?

Marc G. Fournier                   ICQ#7615664               IRC Nick: Scrappy
Systems Administrator @ hub.org 
primary: scrappy(at)hub(dot)org           secondary: scrappy(at){freebsd|postgresql}.org 

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