[ros-dev] Copyright notices

Lucio Diaz reactos_translate at yahoo.es
Tue Jun 28 16:14:30 CEST 2005


Regardless of its legality, removing copyright notes
from the sources, thus refusing the right of the
authors, is RUDE. There would have been no problem, i
am quite sure, if they have just forked reactos and
left copyright notices (adding their names to the
contributing if they add to source in the files). For
example, we did not remove the wine copyright notices.

Still i believe many judges would consider this a
copyright infringment, why? Cause the license says:

"We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright
the software, and (2) offer you this license which
gives you legal permission to copy, distribute and/or
modify the software."

The licence gives you permision to modify the software
(thus the source code), but says nothing about
granting the right to modify the copyright notices.
This is something to be said by an advocate of course.

My best sugestion would be to contact the FSF, explain
the situation, and ask them what to do.

Best regards,
Lucio Diaz.


		
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