@ces.cwru.edu (Aydin Edguer) writes:
>In article <rwm.697776...
@atronx.OCUnix.On.Ca (Russell McOrmond) writes:
>> There are already many derivatives of this PD work that are restricted
>> distribution, part of commercial packages, or in some way 'un-available'
>Since the signing, a document has copyright protection, even without
>a copyright notice, at the time of its creation. Registration of
>copyright is still adviced to help settle future disputes.
>This means that unless there is an explicit disclaimer of rights
>by the author, the document IS NOT public domain.
So, more to the specifics.
The original sources originate from a PC program origionally that was PD,
and the new Sources (For an Amiga Runtime Shared Library) specifically state
in their documentation that the program, sources, and documentation are released
to the public domain.
Since this release, many 'derivatives' have been made, all of which have been
Commercially released. I would like the work that I do to be KEPT available,
including modifications. I have no problem with a commercial author USING
this runtime shared library, but to take *MY* work and 'hog' it
without ever wishing to put BACK into the system. 'Public Domain' is
a philosophy that seems to work assuming a certain level of honesty that just
does not exist with this industry, and I am hopeing that by moving the
modifications that I do into a GNU style copyright that I can keep these
Would inclusion of all the notices from the GNU Public Licence be sufficient
for myself to allow my own work to have the restrictions. I will obviously
make note of the original sources so that those that don't wish to live
by the added 'restrictions' they can go to the original sources.
>I would say that unless you put significant work into the program
>some people would not view your addition of restrictions to an
>unrestricted program in a positive light. I realize that the GPL
>is a protective restriction, but as evidenced by the vitriolic
>commentary by some people in this group, it is not always viewed
The original work will still be Public domain, it is just the work that *I*
do that will be GNU CopyLeft. I have changed nothing of the origional
copyright, just made my own modifications unavailable to 'Wheel Glue'.
(Wheel Glue : Name given to people who abuse the system and stop the
software availability wheel from turning by not releasing sources to modifications
done to an origionally source released product. In my mind, these people should
all be lined up and...... ;-)
>As a courtesy, you might try to contact the author of the program to
>get their views. This is never a bad idea, since the author may
>have a more recent version of the source code.
Yes, I have started to try to get ahold of the Author. He doesn't
have an Internet address, just a Fidonet one. Since the writing of the code,
he has changed Fidonet addresses a few times (He moved I guess, and Fidonet is
silly in it's addressing scheme).
P.S. For the curious that wish the 'even more specifics', this is the
XPRZmodem.Library for the Amiga written by Rick Huebner, and was a derivative
of the Zmodem code that he wrote for the OPUS BBS program for the PC.
I also want to contact him about the possibility of receiving help writing a
similar shared library for a new bi-directional protocol he wrote for OPUS
called Janus, which might prove interesting.
Opinions expressed in this message are my Own. I represent nobody else.
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