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From: Michael Caisse (mcaisse-lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-08-22 19:37:42

Copying to dev ML.

On 8/22/19 12:05, Gerald Wiltse via Boost-users wrote:
> During an annual third-party audit of our source code, boost intrusive
> was flagged as containing unlicensed code. Specifically, there are
> several pieces of code in this file which are explicitly attributed to
> external parties on external websites, which still exist and show no
> license. 
> Original sources: 
> I don't claim to be a license expert. I've read a lot over the years,
> but this is the first time that I've actually been between an attorney
> and a codebase having to figure out practical implications of a scenario
> like this. 
> I first want to make sure that Boost committee is aware of this situation.  
> Second, I would like to know what the official conclusion would be from
> the Boost Committee about the license implications in cases like these. 
> Maybe it has come up before and is well established. On the surface, the
> implications seems ambiguous to me when: DEVELOPER_A takes unlicensed
> code off the internet, prefixes it with a comment that says "Thanks to 
> DEVELOPER_B ", then prefixes the whole file with a file-level copyright
> notice that says "COPYRIGHT  DEVELOPER_A", and then says it's
> distributed under BSL-1.0 license, and then the boost team
> re-distributes the source code.  
> Internally at my company, there was little discussion about it.  There
> is no room for ambiguity, so the directive from management was to delete
> the file from our SCM system completely and ensure it never is included
> in our products.  VERY fortunately, deleting it doesn't seem to have
> broken our builds.  In future cases like this, that's really not what we
> want to be doing with your OSS libraries for obvious reasons.  So, I'd
> like to know if there's any chance this situation changes in a future
> version of Boost (I.E., the code be removed/re-written with clean-room
> approach, etc).  
> Regards,
> Jerry
> Gerald R. Wiltse
> jerrywiltse_at_[hidden] <mailto:jerrywiltse_at_[hidden]>
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