Marc Balmer <mbalmer%NetBSD.org@localhost> writes: > Am 25.08.11 01:49, schrieb Joerg Sonnenberger: > >> I would like to import sqlite3 into our tree. The license is PD. The >> file format has been quite stable. It's around 760KB for the shared >> library on AMD64. It would allow replacing many users of bdb with >> something that can be modified without worrying about file corruption >> in case of crashes. A direct user would be the apropos(1) GSoC project. > > I support that idea, very much so, even. But PD is not a license, maybe > that causes problems on some legislations. So maybe add a BSD license, > which I think can be done, since it is PD? (We can still give proper > credit). IANAL, TINLA but I listen to podcasts where lawyers talk: PD is a concept in American law. It does not exist, or exist as clearly, in other jurisdictions. If it turns out that in some jurisdictions it doesn't exist, then us adding a BSD license doesn't make any sense, because we aren't the author, and it doesn't resolve the lack of license from the original author. If this is a problem, the fix is to ask upstream to change from PD to CC0, which is more or less "PD, and if PD doesn't work in this jurisdiction, a license for anyone to do anything with no requirements". I would be astonished if our use of sqlite caused trouble.
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