Announcement: Modification to the base XFree86(TM) license.
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Announcement: Modification to the base XFree86(TM) license. After a thorough re-examination of the XFree86(TM) license and reviewing how it fits in with the Project's long-stated licensing philosophy ("You can do what you like with the code except claim that you wrote it."), The XFree86 Project, Inc. has made some changes to its base license. This license review was prompted by a desire to ensure that XFree86 and its contributors are receiving due credit for their work. The text of the modified license can be found at <http://www.xfree86.org/legal/licenses.html>. The purpose of these changes is to strengthen the "except claim you wrote it" clause of the Project's licensing philosophy regarding binary distributions of XFree86. While the original license covered this adequately for source code redistribution, it has always been lacking where binary redistribution was concerned. This modified license falls easily within the long-standing XFree86 licensing policy, and so there has been no change to the classes of licenses acceptable for code contributed to XFree86. In fact, some contributions to XFree86 were covered by a similar license already. Contributors to XFree86 remain free to retain copyright on the code they contribute, and can also choose the license for their code within the long-standing XFree86 licensing policy. The license change applies to the base XFree86 license, and to source files that explicitly carry a copyright notice in the name of The XFree86 Project, Inc. Copyrights and licenses in the names of others will not be affected by this change. Furthermore, only a subset of such files with an explicit copyright notice in the Project's name will initially carry the modified license, which is the core XFree86 components, and the source files where there is no explicit author list. The license in the remaining files with an XFree86 copyright will only be changed with permission from the listed authors. The license change will be fully effective as of the 4.4.0 release. The initial draft of the changes will be included in 4.4.0 RC3 (18.104.22.1683). A source diff showing the initial draft of the changes is being made available for review with this announcement, and can be found at <http://www.xfree86.org/license-200401.diff.gz>. All XFree86 contributors are invited to review the changes, and notify us of errors and omissions so that they can be corrected before the 4.4.0 release. Such notifications, as well as comments about the licensing changes should be directed to the Forum@xxxxxxxxxxx list. XFree86 contributors are also encouraged to review the license change, and let us know if they wish to make similar changes to licenses in their name. * XFree86 is a trademark of The XFree86 Project, Inc., and is pending registration. -- David Dawes President The XFree86 Project, Inc www.XFree86.org _______________________________________________ Forum mailing list Forum@xxxxxxxxxxx http://XFree86.Org/mailman/listinfo/forum
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