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missing licenses

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: missing licenses
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 09:00:24 -0600

On 27-Jan-2001, Paul Kienzle <address@hidden> wrote:

| octave-matcompat is being rejected from Debian because of missing licenses
| on a few functions.  I would like to contact the following people and ask
| them if they would please send me permission to modify and redistribute
| their code under the GPL.  Public domain is also acceptable, or even
| a BSD-style license if they never want their code distributed with
| octave itself.

Never is a bit strong, since copyright holders are free to
redistribute under multiple terms.  So if an author chooses a license
for octave-matcompat that is incompatible with the GPL, they are
always free to choose a compatible license later.  Also, there are a
number of different BSD-style licenses floating around, and some may
be compatible with the GPL while others are not (due to the
advertising clause, for example).


Octave is freely available under the terms of the GNU GPL.

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