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Re: commit: ldap/servers/slapd/schema core.schema

Quanah Gibson-Mount wrote:
--On Tuesday, October 03, 2006 7:23 PM +0000 kurt@OpenLDAP.org wrote:

Update of /repo/OpenLDAP/pkg/ldap/servers/slapd/schema

Modified Files:
    core.schema  1.88 -> 1.89

Log Message:
Incorporate a bit of text from RFC 4524, just to make a point regarding

The general problem is that things that are copyrightable are not generally distributable in free distributions (i.e., debian), which means that they then cannot distribute core.schema with the OpenLDAP distribution if you make the copyright statement applicable. They already strip out the RFC's since they also are non-free.

I fail to see how any of this is the OpenLDAP Project's concern. The Project provides a source code distribution, not runnable packages. Whoever creates the runnable packages deals with packaging issues however they see fit.

As a philosophical point - in the United States, every written work is automatically covered by copyright at the moment of creation. You'll note that practically every file in the OpenLDAP source tree is covered by one or more copyrights. To assert that things that are copywritten cannot be distributed freely is a rather peculiar viewpoint; things can be distributed according to the License granted by the copyright holder. Where upstream copyrights apply, the Project really doesn't have any choice in the matter.

Not an official Project position of course, just providing my personal perspective.

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  Chief Architect, Symas Corp.  http://www.symas.com
  Director, Highland Sun        http://highlandsun.com/hyc
  OpenLDAP Core Team            http://www.openldap.org/project/