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Subject: Re: [boost] [mp_int] new release
From: Paul A Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-07 11:03:45


>-----Original Message-----
>From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
>[mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Kevin Sopp
>Sent: 07 October 2008 15:29
>To: boost_at_[hidden]
>Subject: Re: [boost] [mp_int] new release
>> I can understand that two versions is a bad idea.
>> But I am puzzled at your reluctance to claim copyright (and
>hence to use the Boost licence which deliberately gives all the rights
>> of a public domain thing - and frees you of all responsibility too).
>> In many countries, if you have written it, you have copyright anyway.
>That's why you need to give it away explicitly to make it
>public domain.
>> What is your objection?
>Copyright is the basic barrier that hinders adoption of code, with
>public domain code that last barrier falls. Anyone can use it for
>whatever purpose without any restrictions, it's the ultimate adoptable

My understanding is that this just isn't correct.

There has been a lot of work to create the Boost license that achieves exactly this effect - and worldwide - and even approved by
lots of real lawyers (IANAL of course!).

So I strongly suggest you use the Boost license - it really does ensure that everyone can freely use it - achieving your objective
to give away without any liability.


PS Since most of your potential 'customers' are would-be GMP users, put off by the GPL, a comparison of features might be useful?

Paul A Bristow
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