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> Simon Large <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> IIUC submissions to the contrib folder do not need copyright assigned to
> That's true.
>> 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
>> /cue retort from lawyers about how engineers always think law is easy.
> I think people are balking at the effort required to understand &
> comply with the terms here. See three acronyms and decide to spend
> time elsewhere, basically... If you could distill the situation for
> us, that would help.
Oh, I understand the acronyms just fine - it's the rest of the words
that are causing me to balk. :-)
Even if some brave committer decides to step up and satisfy themselves
about the legal stuff well enough to be willing to commit it, there is
If we have this in the repository, are we going to get bombarded by
people wanting it shipped in the Windows installer? Which we will, of
course, be reluctant to do, since it will be contrib, not code that we
ourselves vouch for the quality of.
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Received on Fri Feb 17 01:27:39 2006