[Biococoa-dev] BioCocoa license

Alexander Griekspoor mekentosj at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 15:58:06 EDT 2008

Hi Scott,

The references to Mekentosj.com can be removed.

On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 7:39 PM, Scott Christley <schristley at mac.com> wrote:
> Greetings all,
> I have been working with a Debian group to get BioCocoa included as a
> standard Debian package.  One of the things that needs to be resolved is the
> license for BioCocoa.
> There is both a Copying.txt which has GPL V2 and license.txt which has
> Creative Commons BT-SA-2.5, but all the source code files seem to mention
> that they are covered by creative commons.  Am I correct in assuming that
> BioCocoa was originally under the GPL, but it was decided to move to
> creative commons?
> Also, many of the file mention the copyright held by "The BioCocoa Project".
>  I've been following that convention with the new files I create.  However,
> The BioCocoa Project is not a legal entity, like a real non-profit
> organization, is that right?  If that is the case, I think it would be more
> appropriate that individual authors held copyright to files.  We cannot
> assign copyright to a virtual entity, and to be truly legal we would need
> legal documents from each author, which is a pain.  I think we can have an
> Authors.txt file which lists all the contributors as a way of recognition.
> Here are all the authors I could pull out from the source code files, am I
> missing anybody?
> Koen van der Drift
> Alexander Griekspoor
> Philipp Seibel
> John Timmer
> Peter Schols
> Scott Christley
> Lastly there are some files mentioning Mekentosj.com and require that
> "credit is given in all documents and publicity".  This requirement isn't
> going to fly with Linux distributions because in theory they would have to
> add this to their website, etc. etc.  Can this restriction be removed?  I
> don't think that these files are actually being compiled right now but they
> are in the source.
> thanks
> Scott
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