Fwd: Re: Fwd: License for the dictionaries

Alan DeKok aland at deployingradius.com
Tue Nov 22 09:58:12 CET 2011

John Dennis wrote:
> I sent this question to our non-lawyer license guru, Tom Callaway who
> watches over licensing issues for Fedora. This is Tom's response.


  My $0.02:  The files are copyrightable, as they contain more than just
a collection of facts.  Many of the dictionary ATTRIBUTE and VALUE names
are *not* mandated by any specification, and are instead chosen by us.
Similarly, the comments in the files are not mandated by spec, as are
the additional flags on attributes.

  The reason this came up is I had off-list conversations with people
who copied the files, and then said "there was no copyright", and "we
didn't know they came from freeradius".

  It took me all of 3 minutes to find implementation-specific text in
the files which *I* wrote.  So... adding copyright and license stops
idiots like that.

  I'm OK with the CC-BY-SA license.  It seems to fit the approach of the
rest of the server.

  Alan DeKok.

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