Hi Matt, On 5/19/07, Matt Madia <mattmadia@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
A few days ago i started working on http://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/1222 , "check if AboutHaiku lists an acknowledgment for all packages"
The credits for advertising materials seems to contain text that would also be appropriate for AboutHaiku.
Hmm, I don't think that AboutHaiku is advertising material, but if you just want to use that as a template when acknowledgment is needed, then why not.
As far as I can tell, there is no specific requirement to include the text in AboutHaiku.
AFAIK, some libraries require a user-visible acknowledgment in the binary application's "About" dialog, so in those cases we'd have to add them to AboutHaiku. Complete licenses should better have a separate file, though.
An entire directory of individual text files of copyright notices. I'm not certain about the ideal hierarchy and nomenclature eg, legal/NetBSD.copyright , NetBSD.disclaimer, NewOS.copyright, NewOS.disclaimer, LGPL.copyright, LGPL.disclaimer eg, legal/NetBSD/copyright, disclaimer legal/LGPL/Copying,
I think we just need a folder where all those files can be put. No need to create a complete hierarchy since you probably won't have lots of files per license, anyway. http://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/haiku/haiku/trunk/src/libs/compat/freebsd_network/compat/sys/bus_dma.h
Both copyrights are NetBSD and differ in the acknowledgment quote. * This product includes software developed by the NetBSD * Foundation, Inc. and its contributors. vs. * This product includes software developed by Christopher G. Demetriou * for the NetBSD Project. In this type of case, are we allowed the freedom to condense the latter quote into "and its contributors." of the first?
Unfortunately, I don't know. I'm no lawyer. I'd rather be on the safe side.
Across multiple files, there may also be versions of the license that differs in the clauses. --currently i cannot re-locate examples of this. --but imagine lib/src1 has a NetBSD license with clauses 1,3, and 4 and lib/src2 with a NetBSD license with clauses 1,2,3 and 4. Would i need to reproduce each copyright notice individually or simply reproduce the one with more clauses?
Since all those files have different copyrights I think you'd have to reproduce all of them.
On a similar note, some groups use the same copyright notice for multiple years. Aside from that, the copyrights notices are exact duplicates. eg, lib/src4 has Copyright (c) 1997 ,lib/src5 has Copyright (c) 1998 , lib/src6 has Copyright (c) 2001 How would this situation be handled? reproduce the earliest date, the most recent, or create a custom "Multiple Copyright (c) through the years 1997 - 2001"
If these are source files of different libraries and all of them require acknowledgments then I think you need to create a separate copyright statement for each library. If it's only one library I'd say it's OK to just use the earliest date (or the one that comes with the license file?). Bye, Waldemar Kornewald