licensing NOT clear for me

Bernard Dautrevaux
Wed Mar 31 19:45:00 GMT 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From: DJ Delorie [ ]
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 1999 7:22 PM
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> Subject: Re: licensing NOT clear for me
> > From the above, it seems to me that b) would be feasible for source
> > distributions on the web, unless "written offer" means 
> something more
> > esoteric than actually including those words in a README.
> According to RMS, "written" means paper, with a date and signature (or
> other identifying mark).  A computer file isn't legally binding
> because it can easily be modified.  Personally, I would think a
> PGP-signed text file would be sufficient if it included the date
> inside the message, assuming you can verify the signature in the
> future (you can always generate a new PGP key and toss the old one).
> Still, you'd have to generate a new signed file every day (to get the
> full 3-year term) and the user can always download a new one to
> illegally extend their term.

Or just put a date till which you are ready to provide the source that
is 4 years after the date of the PGP-signed message then re-generate it
each year; not such a hard thing to do....

Bernard Dautrevaux
Microprocess Ingéniérie
97 bis, rue de Colombes
Tel:	+33 (0) 1 47 68 80 80
Fax:	+33 (0) 1 47 88 97 85

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