Martin Hebrank heller at nacs.net
Fri Dec 11 13:12:16 CET 1998

On Thu, Dec 10, 1998 at 06:01:53AM -0800, Rich Derr wrote:
> 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.)

Well, if we want to get technical, there is no GNU restriction on
the redistribution of source code, only the binary. And that
restriction is just: you have to make source available too. I would
say this counts as not having a restriction.

** Martin

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