[TUHS] Thoughts on Licenses

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sun Jul 3 06:57:31 AEST 2022

Before we go inventing our own thing, let's just add spdx tags and
metadata..... there already is a standard for this.


On Sat, Jul 2, 2022, 1:09 PM Marc Donner <marc.donner at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would call that top level directory "metadata" ... the licensing stuff
> is quite relevant to the owner and operator of the system, but not directly
> relevant to any of its actual content or function.
> =====
> nygeek.net
> mindthegapdialogs.com/home <https://www.mindthegapdialogs.com/home>
> On Sat, Jul 2, 2022 at 2:17 PM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>> As part of some of simh work, I've been immersed in some licensing
>> discussions.  Thanks for the V8-10, Plan-9 and Inferno notes - they are
>> relevant.
>> Anyway, WRT to TUHS, I'm thinking that at least in the case of the Unix
>> style bits, I propose a small change to Waren's top-level directory.   Add
>> a new dir called something like 'Legal Docs' or 'Copyrights+Licenses'.
>>  Then move the Caldera document and Warren's current note into that area.
>> Then add copies of anything we can collect like the Dan Cross's V8-10,
>> anything WRT to Plan9/Inferno or anything we from the UNIX world - such as
>> something Sun, DEC or HP or like might have added.  Maybe add a
>> subdirectory with the AT&T/USL case details.   And maybe add a
>> sub-directory with known FOSS licenses used by the UNIX community and add a
>> copy of the 3-clause BSD and maybe even the two GPLs.
>> Then update the README in the current top-level dir.   Adding to the
>> contents something like "*the IP contained on this website is covered by
>> different licenses depending on the specific IP.  Copies of these can be
>> found with the source code itself, but have also been all collected
>> together in the top-level directory: ...*."
>> I think these all have both historical values, as well as practical
>> values.  As I said, I was not sure myself and I think other would be less
>> ignorant if they could find it all easily.   In the case of the practical,
>> a for instance, in an email with some lawyers last week, I had pointed them
>> at the Caldera document.  I'ld have loved to have been able to say look in
>> this directory.  The Caldera and later Nokia Licenses are what we are
>> considering as examples.
>> Thoughts?
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