[distcc] distcc: licensing of files contributed by Alexandre Oliva

Alexandre Oliva oliva at gnu.org
Thu Aug 1 11:17:12 MDT 2013


Apologies for the delay.

On May  6, 2013, Daniel Hartwig <mandyke at gmail.com> wrote:

> The Free Software Foundation holds copyright over these two files in
> distcc that have unclear licensing terms:

> - contrib/distcc-absolutify
> - contrib/netpwd

IIRC I wrote them as contributions to GCC, that's how they ended up with
FSF's copyrights, under Red Hat's assignment to the FSF.

>> Copyright 2002 Free Software Foundation
>> by Alexandre Oliva <aoliva at redhat.com>
>> This script is Free Software, and it can be copied, distributed and
>> modified as defined in the GNU General Public License.  A copy of
>> its license can be downloaded from http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

> The page at that URI is updated to refer to the most recently published
> version of the GNU GPL.  At the time of copyright that was version 2.

That's correct.

> I suspect the intent of this notice was to distribute these files under
> GPLv2+, as per the majority of the distcc source.

Indeed.  They were contributed to the FSF with the expectation that
they'd be released under GPLv2+ then.

> These notices should be replaced with the standard text so the intent
> is clear.

I agree.

Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter    http://FSFLA.org/~lxoliva/
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
Be Free! -- http://FSFLA.org/   FSF Latin America board member
Free Software Evangelist      Red Hat Brazil Compiler Engineer

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