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Re: Issue #1559 - Windows Service needed server side for svnserve

From: Jostein Chr. Andersen <jostein_at_josander.net>
Date: 2005-02-02 21:43:50 CET

On Wednesday 02 February 2005 19.03, Max Bowsher wrote:
...
> > A Microsoft copyright notice occurs (C 1993-1997)in the heading of
> > service.h. and service.c (wich is a modified MS file). Is service.c
> > something we are aloved to have in the contrib area? service.h
> > should not be any problem, it's a VC compiler related include file
> > if I recall right.
>
> I previously took the web page at face value.
> Now I have examined the copyright headers, I (personally) feel that
> the legal status of this code is sufficiently dubious that it is not
> suitable for distribution in either source *or* binary forms in *any*
> way from subversion.tigris.org.

Well, the binary should not be a problem. Generally speaking: if someone
buys MS VC - as the author of SVNService appare to have done, then the
author is free to use the included MS VC header (such as service.h) and
(modified) MS example files (such as service.c) and compile and give hes
binary program(s) away for free as freeware,public domain or whatever.

So my conclusion is that we should not keep the sources in the repository
or somewhere else (and CollabNet itself do not have VC AFAIK), they have
copyright notices from Microsoft and the author, but we are free to keep
a copy of the binary file somewhere at the subversion project, for
example in the file sharing area and/or distributed with a Windows
installer.

Jostein

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