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Re: [Nmh-workers] [patch] Exchange of MD5 implementation due to license

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] [patch] Exchange of MD5 implementation due to license
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 21:43:21 +0000

markus schnalke wrote:
>Could be that the license changed since then, because it reads:
> * This software was written by Alexander Peslyak in 2001.  No copyright is
> * claimed, and the software is hereby placed in the public domain.
> * In case this attempt to disclaim copyright and place the software in the
> * public domain is deemed null and void, then the software is
> * Copyright (c) 2001 Alexander Peslyak and it is hereby released to the
> * general public under the following terms:
> *
> * Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
> * modification, are permitted.
> *
> * There's ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, express or implied.
> *
> * (This is a heavily cut-down "BSD license".)

That just means that the license depends on whether your local
jurisdiction thinks "public domain" exists and what "deemed null
and void" means legally under local law. The author should just
have put the thing under a reasonable license in the first place,
then we'd know where we stood.

-- PMM

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