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Subject: Re: [boost] copied boost files in other projects
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-12-09 04:24:12

On 12/09/16 10:50, Antony Polukhin wrote:
> 2016-12-08 18:39 GMT+03:00 Paul A. Bristow <pbristow_at_[hidden]>:
>>>> On 12/08/16 10:16, Oliver Kowalke wrote:
>>>>> I encountered some projects that have copied files from boost and replaced
>>>>> the copyright and license notice by their own. Other projects have added
>>>>> their own license (for isntance MIT, LGPL ...) beside the Boost license
>>>>> notice in the copied files - does this mean that the code is dual licensed
>>>>> now?.
> <...>
>>> One option is to contact our SFC legal representative and ask them to look
>>> into the offending projects. They can then send authoritative notices to
>>> the projects.
>> +1
>> We should object to this strongly.
> I'd rather not.
> Forcing projects to leave the Boost license in copypasted code - is a
> bad advertisement that may scare off some projects. It may even scare
> off projects that are careful about licenses and never change them in
> copypasted code.
> Many people know the Boost code and can recognize it in other projects
> even without copyright notices. Some countries ignore the EU/USA laws
> on licenses and people that rewrite license are not breaking their
> country law. Leaving the Boost license in copypasted code is mostly
> the matter of good upbringing and education. Just ignore the lowbrows
> :)

Personally, I'd rather people not use my code if they don't want to
comply with the license. If not illegal, this is simply not fair. If
that scares someone off, well, that's too bad for them.

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