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

From: brianwisti:ya:hoo at: 3-Mar-2005 11:54

--- Andreas Bolka <[andreas--bolka--gmx--net]> wrote:
> > Thursday, March 3, 2005, 12:04:00 AM, Brian wrote: > > > I finally decided to put copies of Gavin F. MacKenzie's xml-parse.r > > and xml-object.r files onto REBOL.org. I guess that means I'm > taking > > ownership of them, so I welcome discussions and bug reports > > (especially if those reports include patches). > > While I understand your motives, I wouldn't that lightly change > author > and copyright. > > While I personally think that Gavin would have no problem with that, > one never knows (maybe there are employers or other right holders > involved). If a script of this size has no license attached, you're > simply not legally allowed to use it - it's as easy as that. > > If you want to keep it in the library, better change the Author back > to what it originally was and don't claim it to be MIT licensed where > it actually isn't. > > Besides that, both files are available as part of rebXR (an XML-RPC > implementation for REBOL written by me), bundled with permission of > Gavin. rebXR is available at http://earl.strain.at/space/rebXR
Great advice, thanks :-) I changed the author and licensing information. I know that the files are bundled as part of rebXR, but it isn't widely understood that to do *any* decent XML processing one needs to turn to an XML-RPC library. Also, what terms did Gavin use when he made them available to you? So far, that seems to be the only information we have at all about what terms we available for us when using the xml library. I am very foggy on the concept of implied copyright and what-not. His name is the listed author, so I think that means he is to be considered the creator and copyright holder. Since there were no business names listed, I have to assume that this was his sole creation, and was outside the control of an employer. I honestly don't want to infringe on his created works, but we haven't heard anything from or about him recently. My own attempts to find him have resulted in dead-ends. Aren't there supposed to be guidelines for works going into the public domain if nobody is able to contact the original author or copyright holder? *sigh* I hate legal stuff. Kind Regards, Brian Wisti http://coolnamehere.com/