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Wed, 24 Sep 1997 17:35:40 -0400 (EDT)
> > GPLed software?
After now having spoken with an Actual Lawyer, here's what I'm told:
copyright has been waived, we're free and clear. If the copyright is in
effect, I need to get permission a) to use the grammar for my thesis and
b) to put the grammar into a general distribution of lynx (if that ever
happens). If permission is granted, we're free and clear. If permissions
are denied, then I drop $50 on a patent lawyer to talk about fair use &
other things that I don't want to think about at the moment.
However, it really shouldn't come down to that. Netscape/Sun/Borland/M$
have a vested interest in spreading the standard as far and wide as
possible, which is why the grammar is now a European (and soon to be
worldwide) standard. [Kudos to Klaus for the tip, see
<http://www.ecma.ch/stand/ecma-262.htm> for details]. While some
standards are proprietary (the X500 series was given as an example), I
would guess that standards that are made freely available on the web are
not. Anyway, I'll send off a letter or two and find out for certain.
Finally, his [the lawyer's] opinion was that as soon as bison crunched the
grammar into a y.tab.c/y.tab.h file, the results were under GPL with no
More later when I know more,
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