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[Savannah-register-public] [task #7729] Submission of FreeMediaTools

From: James Michael DuPont
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #7729] Submission of FreeMediaTools
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2008 21:35:49 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #7, task #7729 (project administration):

Well, I have done a scan of the code in the jahshaka and openlibs module. 

there is some code with no copyright assignment on it.
there is code with no author or other infomation.
there are numerous media files in there. bitmaps and other things with no
copyright attribution.

Here are more dependancies :

Here is a list of the copyrights that I could have extract from the jahshaka
and openlibs project. I think it is the start of a "authors file".
I am concerned with the fact that the copyright of these files is not clear.
How can "jahshaka" or the "jahshaka project" be copyright holders? 

How can files just be wildly copied into the project?

I am working on removing all non-attributed files and finding the sources of
the libs that were pasted in. 

My project will resolve the issues this way :

1. remove all media files and shaders scripts. I will provide scripts to
download the needed unattributed media files if need from other sources.

2. remove all unattributed sources.

3. look for the cvs source of all files if there are unattributed  ones.
things that look as part of the project or that were edited in the project
will be looked into more. I can contact the source forge authors.

4. I will remove all references to "jah" and "shaka" and all that  stuff from
the project. I will also remove the bitmaps and any artwork. The program
should use only free media files that have copyright attributes and no
relation to the old project.

5. I am working on a new automake script that will not have too many
subobjects. Only the plugins will be treated as subprojects
for building. 

6. I will remove all libs that were pasted into the cvs source and use
autoconf dependencies for managing those libs. 

7. The upload of my changes, I can give you them first officially when the
copyright has been added to all the changed files. I will give you however a
snapshot of my work in progress so that you know that I am really doing
serious work on this. This is still in progress. here is my suggested
boilerplate to add into the files that had gpl and lgpl copyright notices.
the old notices read like this :
   Copyright (C) 2000-2006 VM Inc.
   Released under the LGPL.
   For more information, see
or this :
   The Jahshaka Project
   Copyright (C) 2000-2006 VM Inc.
   Released under the GNU General Public License

my replacement will look like this :
  Copyright (C) 2008 James Michael DuPont
   This file is part of the FreeMediaTools Project.

   This code is based on the and projects.
   The license has been changed in accordance with the LGPL/GPL to GPLv3
     Copyright (C) 2005-2006 Editopia Inc.
     Copyright (C) 2005-2006 Visual Media Fx Inc.
     Copyright (C) 2005-2006 VM Inc.
     Copyright (C) 2005-2006 Jahshaka project

   The FreeMediaTools is free/libre software; you can redistribute it and/or
   modify it under the terms of the GNU Library General Public License as
   published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the
   License, or (at your option) any later version.

   The FreeMediaTools is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
   Library General Public License for more details.

   You should have received a copy of the GNU Library General Public
   License along with the FreeMediaTools; see the file COPYING.  If not,
   write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330,
   Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.


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