[php-maint] Bug#498621: permission to remove the "When you use this, send an email to" requirement from the MTRand code
wagnerr at umich.edu
Thu Sep 25 23:24:15 UTC 2008
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" clause 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) 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
>  It was not noticed until a couple of weeks ago by Jan Wagner,
> who reported
> the problem at http://bugs.debian.org/499471
>  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.
>  http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
> Yours sincerely,
> Raphael Geissert
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