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From: "FAST PostgreSQL" <fastpgs(at)fast(dot)fujitsu(dot)com(dot)au>
To: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Neil Conway <neilc(at)samurai(dot)com>,"Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>,"John Bartlett" <johnb(at)fast(dot)fujitsu(dot)com(dot)au>,pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS]
Date: 2007-03-02 00:19:43
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On Thu, 1 Mar 2007 04:28, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> I have added this to the developer's FAQ to clarify the situtation of
> posting a patch:
>     <li>PostgreSQL is licensed under a BSD license.  By posting a patch
>     to the public PostgreSQL mailling lists, you are giving the PostgreSQL
>     Global Development Group the non-revokable right to distribute your
>     patch under the BSD license.  If you use code that is available under
>     some other license that is BSD compatible (eg. public domain), please
>     note that in your email submission.</li>

We are happy to do this for every patch we submit. We can add an explicit 
statement which will put our contribution under the BSD license. This 
statement will override the email signature and will be approved by the 
appropriate person.

Arul Shaji

> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Tom Lane wrote:
> > Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us> writes:
> > > Neil Conway wrote:
> > >> For the case in question, sure, requiring some clarification from FJ
> > >> would be reasonable. But more broadly, my point is that I think you're
> > >> fooling yourself if you think that requiring a disclaimer or explicit
> > >> transfer of copyright for this *one* particular patch is likely to
> > >> make any material difference to the overall copyright status of the
> > >> code base.
> > >
> > > Yes, I do.  If there is an explicit claim, like an email footer or a
> > > copyright in the code, we do try to nail that down.
> >
> > AFAICT, the footer in question tries to make it illegal for us even to
> > have the message in our mail archives.  If I were running the PG lists,
> > I would install filters that automatically reject mails containing such
> > notices, with a message like "Your corporate lawyers do not deserve to
> > have access to the internet.  Go away until you've acquired a clue."
> >
> > I fully support Bruce's demand that patches be submitted with no such
> > idiocy attached.
> >
> > 			regards, tom lane
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