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Re: Fwd: Subversion AppleDouble patch updated to 1.5.0

From: Daniel Shahaf <d.s_at_daniel.shahaf.name>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:09:04 +0300 (Jerusalem Daylight Time)

Peter Samuelson wrote on Mon, 11 Aug 2008 at 10:24 -0500:
> [Steve Sisak]
> >> With no license. Ummm. Lee Jones, you have a call on line 1. Lee
> >> Jones, line 1, please.
> >
> > From <http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1740.txt> (link on patch page):
> [...]
> > Is that sufficient?
> Not to be a PITA, but this is a concrete example of why the Debian
> Project (not to say the Subversion Project, I'm not speaking for
> Subversion) does not accept the IETF license on RFC documents as being
> free - because it stipulates that modified distribution _must_ go
> through the RFC Editor process.

Hmm. That RFC also has:

    5. References

       APPL90 AppleSingle/AppleDouble Formats for Foreign Files
                Developer's Note, Apple Computer, Inc., 1990

Maybe the license on *that* publication will allow the modifications we
need here?


> People think it's a reasonable
> limitation because the only modifications you really need to do on RFCs
> is to produce newer RFCs. Well, not always! In our case we would need
> the ability to modify this text in Subversion, for any number of
> reasons, without having to post a new draft RFC in order to do so.
> Now I believe there was a license change in the IETF at some point and
> really old RFCs are not always covered by the current license - RFC
> 1740 is certainly old, but I don't know if it's old enough. It doesn't
> state its own modification/distribution terms, though.
> OTOH, this file is purely "interfaces", which, being pure factual
> information, can't be copyrighted at all in some jurisdictions as there
> is no creative input. Therefore it _may_ be acceptable to simply file
> off the serial numbers (i.e., rewrite the comments and change the
> #define constants) and call it good. I'm the wrong person to ask
> whether that would be reasonable in our case.

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