Re: Licence abbreviations?

Jilayne Lovejoy <Jlovejoy@...>

I am taking what you refer to as 'how it is used' to be the equivalent
of the header information that is included in the file. When making
the License List, that column was defined to only being propagated if
the license had a specific header text suggested. Obviously, a small
number of licenses actually include this in the license. If the license
did not make this suggestion, then that column is blank in the list.

If we don't constrain this in some way, then the possibilities would be
endless. Even with the shorter licenses, like MIT, while often the
whole license is included in the file, sometimes I have seen a simple
statement saying something like "this is under the MIT license"

I'm not sure if that is helpful, but hopefully that explains what that
column means in the License List (the Word document with the list
"protocols" should explain this and the same for each column)

-----Original Message-----
From: dmgerman@... [mailto:dmgerman@...] On Behalf Of dmg
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 7:36 PM
To: Jilayne Lovejoy
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Subject: Re: Licence abbreviations?

On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM, Jilayne Lovejoy
<Jlovejoy@...> wrote:
What kind of example did you have in mind? Do you mean an example of a
particular software package that uses a particular license?

A file that contains it. For example, this is the usage of the
GPL-2.0+ (excerpted from a Bison file):

usage is very different from the text of the license itself.


/* A Bison parser, made by GNU Bison 1.875. */

/* Skeleton parser for Yacc-like parsing with Bison,
Copyright (C) 1984, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002 Free Software
Foundation, Inc.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330,
Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. */


Daniel M. German

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