[pkg-kolab] license of schema files
peter_e at gmx.net
Wed Apr 5 11:35:41 UTC 2006
Noèl Köthe wrote:
> "document itself may not be modified in any way" is the main point.
> The following are examples and more information. It looks like its
> just a copy of a RFC license e.g.
The copyright statement prohibits changing the RFC document but you are
allowed to take portions thereof "without restriction" for the purpose
of implementing the specification contained in the document. So you
cannot ship a copy of rfc2821.txt in a DFSG-compliant package but you
can extract and alter the schema contained therein.
Of course, there is an unidentifiable crossing point between taking a
portion of the document for creating an implementation of the
specification on the one hand, and taking the entire document on the
other hand. But it is in my mind completely beyond doubt that the case
at hand here is on the former side.
If you are really unsure about it, you find someone who has never seen
the schema in the RFC document and you give him a verbal description of
the specification and have him write down a schema for it. Then you
are completely beyond the copyright claims of the RFC/IETF.
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