Re: relicensing Sparse

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On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 04:09:39PM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 01:08:06AM +0300, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> > All of you probably know that I've been contacting people to try get
> > permission to relicense Sparse to the MIT license.  The Transmeta
> > code was relicensed some years ago but we needed to collect all
> > the copyright holders to do a full relicense.  I basically did a git
> > blame and if you have over 10 lines of Sparse code, then I sent you
> > an email.
> 
> Thank you very much for your continued effort on this.  I'd wondered
> what still blocked that effort.
> 
> Checking "git blame" doesn't seem sufficient; I think you really want to
> contact anyone who has a commit in the git log. Try "git shortlog -se".
> Who appears on the latter list and not your list from "git blame"?

Most of the people who I missed would have been filtered out anyway
by my ten lines of code minimum contribution requirement.  Perhaps I
should just contact everyone.

I looked at how Mozilla did the relicensing and they pretty much went
by who had their name in a copyright notice at the top of the file.
For files without a copyright notice they looked at the history.  So
it seems like tiny contributions were ignored.

I'm obviously not a lawyer.  Contacting everyone is probably doable
if that's what you think is best.

regards,
dan carpenter

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