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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-10 09:46:53

Gennaro Prota <gennaro_prota_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Sorry, if this has already been discussed before, but
> a) the new license text says:
> "The copyright notices in the Software and this entire
> statement, including the above license grant, this restriction
> and the following disclaimer, must be included in all copies
> of the Software".
> IIUC, "the Software" (with a capital 's') includes documentation. Am I
> right?

Do you consider documentation to be software? I don't. Documentation
pages, IIUC, should carry the license too if it is to be licensed
under the same terms... but now that I think of it, the wording of
the license isn't very appropriate for "documentation only". I guess
we'd better ask the lawyer. Devin?

> b) IIUC again, the comments we are inserting into source files
> // Use, modification and distribution are subject to the
> // Boost Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying file
> // LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at
> are unnecessarily verbose (and potentially dangerous).

Care to elaborate on why you think it's dangerous?

> One could simply say
> // Subject to the Boost Software License, Version 1.0. (See etc. etc.)

I don't think a _file_ can be subject to a license, can it? The file
just exists.

> That avoids repeating "use, modification and redistribution" which I'm
> not sure is everything one can do with the Software (I see for
> instance, that the license talks about "use, *reproduce*, *display*,
> distribute, execute, and transmit"). Are, legally speaking, "display"
> and "reproduce" something different from "use"?
> c) Suppose one wants to redistribute documentation only (for instance,
> documentation for one library). Is that allowed? The license seems to
> say that the docs can only _accompany_ the software (with a lowercase
> 's').

These are interesting questions; let's see what Devin has to say
about them.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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