[GRASS5] Re: license issues

Bruce_Byars at baylor.edu Bruce_Byars at baylor.edu
Wed Dec 15 10:51:07 EST 1999

Greetings all....

> /* r.in.tiff - Converts from a Tagged Image File Format image to a Grass Raster.
>  *
>  * tif2ras.c - Converts from a Tagged Image File Format image to a Sun Raster.
>  * Portions Copyright (c) 1990 by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
>  *
>  * Author: Patrick J. Naughton
>  * naughton at wind.sun.com
>  *
>  * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
>  * documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
>  * provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that
>  * both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in
>  * supporting documentation.
>  *
>  *   This program takes a MicroSoft/Aldus "Tagged Image File Format" image or
>  * "TIFF" file as input and writes a GRASS cell file.
>  */
> -> Is it o.k.?

This should not be a problem.  We leave the current copyright statement.  GPL
does not supercede anyone elses copyright.  So as long as we point this out,
there is no problem.

> > > > BTW, had you noticed the problematic inclusion of the `Numerical
> > > > Recipes' code in the now-GPL'd GRASS v5.0b4?  Grep for `Cambridge
> > > > University Press' and take a look at the conditions.
> > grass5.0beta 58: find . -exec grep 'Cambridge University Press' /dev/null {} \;

Yes, there should be no problem since we're not superceeding their copyright.
Maybe a disclaimer in the main copyright at the end should state this.  Something

"Individual copyrights upheld by original authors and not superceded by the
GRASS GPL Copyright.  Users must abide by applicable copyrights for individual
programs where noted."

I am in contact with legal counsel on this (the Law School here actually).  I don;t
forsee any problems since prescedent has already been set.

Comments are welcome.


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