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Re: Svnserve wrapper for running as a Windows service

From: Max Bowsher <maxb1_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2006-02-17 00:18:22 CET

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Simon Large wrote:
> Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Simon Large wrote:
>>> Is this a suitable candidate for adding to the subversion contrib/
>>> folder?
>>
>> No, it is not, because whilst Magnus Norddahl's webpage says 'Source ...
>> is in the public domain', this appears to be a lie, given that the code
>> itself contains the statement 'Copyright (C) 1993-1997 Microsoft
>> Corporation. All Rights Reserved.'.
>
> Sorry, late response.
>
> What are you objecting to here?
>
> IIUC submissions to the contrib folder do not need copyright assigned to
> CollabNet.
>
> The code you are referring to comes from the Samples folder of
> Microsoft's platform SDK (free download), and the license terms state:
>
> c. Distributable Code. The software contains code that you are
> permitted to copy and distribute in programs you develop if you comply
> with the terms below.
> i. Right to Use and Distribute. The code and text files listed below
> are “Distributable Code.” You may:
>
> · Sample Code. Modify, copy and distribute the source and
> object code form of code marked as “sample” except for files identified
> as MFCs, ATLs and CRTs (see below);
>
> There are other terms and conditions of course, but nothing we can't
> comply with given a bit more effort. Basically they want acknowledgement
> and indemnity. Making it public domain was clearly wrong, but it should
> not be too hard to provide a license file which complies with their
> requirements.
>
> /cue retort from lawyers about how engineers always think law is easy.

My objection was not to specific terms of the license - rather, deep
concern of a general nature at the careless licensing of the code.

If someone really wants to inspect the licensing carefully, and get the
upstream author to fix the bogus claims, then I guess it could be
considered for contrib.

I'll leave this up to other committers to decide, though, because I
don't use Windows as a server platform to motivate me to take
responsibility for the licensing issues involved.

Max.
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