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Re: patches for multi-threaded cp and md5sum (along with other features)

From: Paul Kolano (ARC-TN)[InuTeq, LLC]
Subject: Re: patches for multi-threaded cp and md5sum (along with other features)
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2019 19:45:23 +0000
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On 6/6/19, 11:55 AM, "Assaf Gordon" <address@hidden> wrote:
    Because the changes are massive, before we can start looking into their
    details and merits we'll need copyright assignment from the copyright
    holder of the code (you or NASA).
ok, I will have to ask about this as I'm not sure I have the authority to 
assign copyright on NASA's behalf.

    A cursory look at the patches [1] reveals several added terms in
    accordance of GPLv3 section 7 (e.g. Indemnifying NASA and the U.S.
    This is of course absolutely fine and valid for a GPL project,
    but I'm not sure if the FSF will agree to add additional terms to GNU
    coreutils (I'm not saying they won't, I simply don't know).
    Perhaps other maintainers can chime in, and if not, it is probably wise
    to ask address@hidden before we can consider these patches for
yes, I had figured this might be an issue.  I believe I was one of the first, 
if not the first, to open source a project under GPL at NASA.  It took a very 
long time to get approval and I believe the section 7 additions were the 
compromise they came up with to add some NOSA-like (the NASA open source 
license) terms to the software.  Since many years have passed, I will inquire 
to see if there has been any change to this requirement or if they would 
consider removing that clause.  It might take a while to get a response though.



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