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Re: [TSVN] New License in RTF

From: TSVN project lead <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-16 11:48:35 CEST

On 8/16/05, Simon Large <simon@skirridsystems.co.uk> wrote:

> This looks like one big minefield. I just had another look at some of

Minesweeper anyone? ;)

> the LICENSE files. Subversion itself uses the file we are currently
> using, which includes this statement:
>
> 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
> notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
> documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
>
> Effectively that says that we have to reproduce their complete license
> file. In fact we do that anyway by including it in the install, so we
> don't necessarily have to display it in the installer.

Yes, we already do that.

> APR uses a different license which includes:

But Subversion doesn't distribute the APR license either. And since
TSVN doesn't use apr directly but via Subversion, I think just
following the license handling of Subversion should be enough.

> We can get around (d) because NOTICE is included with the source which
> we provide using our source distribution. But arguably (a) implies that
> the LICENSE file must be distributed with our binaries.
>
> Having said that, Subversion do not distribute the APR license file with
> the Win32 binary installer, although they do distribute the Berkeley DB
> license file. That does not necessarily mean they are right - it could
> be an oversight.
>
> Maybe the safest course is to supply all the license files that we are
> required to as part of the distribution, and display a short and sweet
> eula which points to the license files and the various source
> distributions. Even if no-one ever reads the eula, it is not doing
> anything at all for us in its present form.

That might be a good idea. License files don't take much space so
including them in the installer won't be a problem.
Also I noticed that some users really miss it if the installer doesn't
show a license file and you have to click on "I accept" - honestly,
I've seen users almost scared because a program started the
installation process without having them accepted something first.
;)

Stefan

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