[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Wed Dec 13 21:45:59 UTC 2006

John Cowan wrote:
> (i) the copyright
> # notice in the same form as the latest version of the covered code
> # distributed or otherwise made available by Terracotta, Inc. at the time
> # of distribution of making available of such copy

Strictly interpreted, that would mean someone has to use the copyright
notice from the latest version of Terracotta, rather than the version of
Terracotta used in the derivative.

> and (ii) the following
> # text, which must be large enough so that it can be read easily:

That phrase can't be copyrighted, and telling people to use it might
necessitate an implicit trademark license (and probably weakens the

> #The copyright notice and text must be visible
> # to all users and be located at the very bottom and in the center of
> # each user interface screen.

This doesn't make sense for a lot of reuses, such as daemons and scripts.

  The word "TERRACOTTA" must be a hyperlink,
> # so that when any user activates the link (e.g., by clicking on it with
> # a mouse), the user will be directed to http://www.terracotta.org.

This wouldn't allow reuse in programs for systems without network access.

It's admirable that you're willing to submit the license (though I would
prefer you avoid the phrase "open source" in the interim).  However,
it's probably best to wait on the outcome of the GAP.

Matthew Flaschen

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