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[Savannah-register-public] Fwd: [task #7815] Submission of Chinese Admin

From: Alexander Shulgin
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] Fwd: [task #7815] Submission of Chinese Administrative Division tcl/tk Selector
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 21:47:32 +0200


Given the package author's claims are valid, basing on common sense
and after a not so quick web search I think there is potentially no
danger in distributing the area code database along with the package.

Can we approve this project now? :-)


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Zhang Weiwu <address@hidden>
Date: Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 7:20 PM
Subject: Re: [task #7815] Submission of Chinese Administrative
Division tcl/tk Selector
To: Alexander Shulgin <address@hidden>
Cc: Alexander Shulgin <address@hidden>, address@hidden

Alexander Shulgin 写道:

> Follow-up Comment #1, task #7815 (project administration):
 > Hi,
 > Could you please clarify if area code database you included into your package
 > is in the public domain or is copyrighted by the Chinese government, and if
 > so, what are the copying conditions?  In any case a URL would be helpful--I
 > couldn't find this on the web myself...

 The area code is released as a governmental standard to be used by all
 activities in regarding to geographical area location. There are no
 copyright information at all with this file, and I am pretty sure if I
 ask them copyright information I will not get any answer because they
 didn't develop copyright concepts there yet.

 Each province has a governmental organization "the Statistics Bureau"
 which has the task to distribute this code to the public, forced to be
 used in governmental related projects. In my package the example code is
 from "Jiangxi province Statistics Bureau", and I downloaded it from here:

 anyway since it's public-downloadable I assume it's usable. I could have
 simply referred it as an URI in my package, but I know this URI will
 change, many governmental website URIs change from year to year and
 historical data are usually not maintained. I wouldn't suggest people
 surf governmental websites at all because they tends to have higher
 chance of malware there (government information centers, the special
 server rooms run governmental websites, hires people mostly are
 relatives of governmental officials and usually is the worst (in regard
 to virus and malware) data center compare to all commercial data center
 in the town)

> Also, there is no sign of reference to 'area_code.csv' in the
 > select_locality.tcl file.  Probably this is by intent, but otherwise is there
 > a reason for including the database into the package?
 Sorry, I simply forgot to mention 'area_code.csv' is the only
 commandline parameter of the executable.

> --
 > Cheers,
 > Alex
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