For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision

David Woolley david at
Tue Nov 28 07:56:24 UTC 2006

> Redistributions of the [original code] in binary form or source code

Don't have time to go through all of these this morning, but....

> form, must ensure that each time the resulting executable program, a
> display of the same size as found in the [original code] released by

Define same size.  Note that many operating systems don't provide
reliable information about true pixel sizes and projection devices
generally don't measure the distance to the screen.  High resolution
devices may make device pixel size result in unreadable content.

Also, this is likely to cause problems on mobile devices, where the 
required size may be larger than that of the whole device.  It is
meaningless where there is no visual display, and pointless where
the user cannot see, or is in an environment where a visual display
is not appropriate.

> the original licensor (e.g., splash screen or banner text) of the
> original licensor's attribution information, which includes:

Note that many demands for this sort of thing come from vendors
of web based systems.  Splash pages are considered bad practice on 
the web.

> The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in
> modified form only if the license allows the distribution of "patch
> files" with the source code for the purpose of modifying the program

Whilst this is an imposition, it is only a problem for the developer,
who may have to create a patch file that patches the source code
down to a few dozen lines.  In any case, using a single file in
another program doesn't require patching, although it does bloat
the source distribution.

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