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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-06-27 13:22:43

At 09:53 AM 6/26/2003, William E. Kempf wrote:

>Paul A. Bristow said:
>> And:
>> // (C) Jane Programmer, 2003
>> // See for license terms and conditions
>> // See for documentation
>> Looks fine to me, though I prefer "Copyright" to (C)

Yes, I do too. The above was meant to be an example; the lawyers will help
with the exact wording.

>It looks simple, but would it be legally binding? For instance, say I
>release my software with this Boost license today, using the above text
>(and assuming the links point to the license, of course). Now, a year
>from now something is found to be problematic with the license and the
>lawyers tweak it. I can see a case being made that existing projects
>could from that point on be changed to be covered by this new license,
>previous releases would seem to have to be legally bound to the license
>it existed then. The above links, however, will not refer to this older
>license, but to the newer license. This seems to make the above scheme a
>little legally shakey, no? I thought you had to physically include the
>license with distributions and have the individual file licenses refer to
>this distributed license?

Yes, those are all issues.

In non-Boost code, I've seen wording something like "See the attached
license; if it is missing see" Maybe something like
that is what will be recommended.

>That's obviously a question for the lawyers, as us laymen will only be
>guessing ;).
>But it would be nice to just refer to the license instead of repeating it
>in every single file.

They've already signed off on the concept of a single copy of the license.
It is just the exact way to refer to it that hasn't been finalized.


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