[php-maint] Bug#498621: permission to remove the "When you use this, send an email to" requirement from the MTRand code

Richard Wagner wagnerr at umich.edu
Thu Sep 25 23:24:15 UTC 2008

Hi Raphael,

You hereby have my permission to remove the clause referring to me, rjwagner at writeme.com 

Richard J. Wagner

On Sep 25, 2008, at 6:56 PM, Raphael Geissert wrote:

> Hello everybody,
> At Debian we have recently stumbled upon a "hidden"[0] clause[1] in  
> a source
> code file included in PHP since php4. Since this clause is not free  
> in terms
> of the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG)[2] it prevents us  
> (Debian) from
> distributing the php interpreter.
> I am thereby asking for your permission to remove the clause; but I  
> would like
> you to give permission to *anybody* and not just Debian, as  
> otherwise it
> would be a violation of the DFSG.
> Although Shawn Cokus and Richard J. Wagner stated that it would be  
> _nice_ to
> CC them it would be nice to get an OK by them too.
> When replying please send a copy of the message to, at least, the  
> addresses in
> Reply-To.
> [0] It was not noticed until a couple of weeks ago by Jan Wagner,  
> who reported
> the problem at http://bugs.debian.org/499471
> [1]  From php's ext/standard/rand.c:
>>        The original code included the following notice:
>>        When you use this, send an email to: matumoto at math.keio.ac.jp
>>    with an appropriate reference to your work.
>>        It would be nice to CC: rjwagner at writeme.com and
>> Cokus at math.washington.edu when you write.
> [2] http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
> Yours sincerely,
> Raphael Geissert

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