[Bug 480724] Review Request: djbdns - A Domain Name System by D. J. Bernstein

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Fri Mar 6 18:49:59 UTC 2009

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--- Comment #26 from Tom "spot" Callaway <tcallawa at redhat.com>  2009-03-06 13:49:58 EDT ---
(In reply to comment #24)

> I didn't ask about a hypothetical binary C.  To use your terminology for this
> thought experiment, do the terms of the GPL apply to file A, if file A and only
> file A, is obtained from pjp's djbdns-1.05.1.tar.gz, which includes a copy of
> v3 of the GPL?

Not solely by inclusion of COPYING, no, but upon first change, yes. Even if
that change is the inclusion of the GPL license notice in the code's header.

> To my knowledge, the last release of djbdns was 8 years ago and he did not
> issue a new release when he abandoned his copyright. 

I stand corrected (on this point).

> I did not say his copyright statement should be retained.  I'm just trying to
> say that when it is removed (as it already has been), his declaration at 
> http://cr.yp.to/distributors.html
> should be referenced explicitly.  

Indeed, but this is a "should", rather than a "must". It would be polite to do

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