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[REBOL] Re: Gavin F. MacKenzie's XML files rescued from web archives

From: SunandaDH::aol::com at: 3-Mar-2005 15:42

> Great advice, thanks :-) I changed the author and licensing > information.
Thanks.....the files are now published in the Script Library with Gavin's name as the author, and the license as "none". treats a license of "none" to mean "we don't know what the license is: you'll need to contact the author for clarification." So the scripts are now published in the Library without taking any rights away from Gavin. Of course, he may not want us to publish his work that way.....If he contacts us, we'll remove it the same day. That would be a pity -- it's an excellent body of work that (almost) vanished from sight when his personal website vanished. I appreciate that the files are available in a ZIP from Andreas' website -- but that is not easy to find. Several people have tried and failed to find those scripts, and then asked on one of the REBOL forums for a hint. The scripts are published on with Brian as the owner. An owner, as far as is concerned, is someone who can update the script -- it does not imply copyright or any other rights. If Gavin joins the Library, Brian can drop ownership in favour of Gavin, or they (and Andreas) could all jointly own the scripts. Brian's mentioned testing the scripts and, if necessary, publishing updates and fixes. We may need to tread slightly carefully there as we do not know Gavin's original licensing conditions -- a derivative work may not be permitted. I suggest, Brian, you do the testing. And, if changes are needed, we'll have to try another round of contacting Gavin. If that fails, we'll need to think again. These scripts are important, so i am glad that Brian has taken some steps to make them more generally available. Gavin's rights and intentions are also important, so it is good that Andreas raised the issues, and that Brian acted according. I hate the legal stuff as well -- let's all just try to at with good faith and common sense; that should avoid most of the pitfalls, Sunanda.