Rich Derr rhd at emptysky.com
Thu Dec 10 06:01:53 CET 1998

On Thu, 10 Dec 1998, Thomas Roessler wrote:

> The term Public Domain is used very broadly in the context of the
> Arrangement.  It's defined as follows (from the _old_ text,
> available from http://jya.com/):
>    "In the public domain" (GTN, GSN)
>      This means "technology" or "software" which has been made
>      available without restrictions upon its further dissemination.
>      N.B. Copyright restrictions do not remove "technology" or
>      "software" from being "in the public domain".

   Software distributed under the GPL has retrictions upon its further
dissemination.  Werner, do you still have copyright to 100% of the
code, or of the core code? I'm just curious, in the small chance it
might become necessary to change the licence to BSD -- which is made
available without restrictions upon its further dissemination.  (You
could put it under both licences if it became necessary, which should
meet the `public domain' requirement while still letting the end user
use it under the GPL if they prefer.)

   If it never becomes necessary then I can understand not changing
anything -- they are different licences with different purposes.  I'm
just wondering about the future.  (Assuming U.S. citizens will be
allowed to use crypto at all in the future.)

Rich Derr,
Empty Sky Consulting

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