[Biococoa-dev] BioCocoa license

Charles Parnot charles.parnot at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 16:14:13 EDT 2008

All fine with me too :-)

btw, I was just reading about Cocotron today. In the past (and maybe  
still now?), BioCocoa was compatible with GNUStep. Cocotron could be  
an alternative too.



On Oct 28, 2008, at 1:10 PM, Koen van der Drift wrote:

> Scott,
> I don't recall what the original license was, but yes, at one point  
> in time we decided to move to CC. I could look at home in my email  
> box what the reasoning was for that, or you may find it in the  
> archives. Does Debian require a GPL license, or is CC also allowed?  
> I'm fine with adding a list of authors, and removing "The BioCocooa  
> Team". Please add Charles Parnot to the list of authors.
> cheers,
> - Koen.
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Scott Christley <schristley at mac.com>
>> Sent: Oct 28, 2008 3:39 PM
>> To: biococoa <biococoa-dev at bioinformatics.org>
>> Subject: [Biococoa-dev] BioCocoa license
>> 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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