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OpenMP licensing problem: a solution

The question arose in

and follow-up messages.

I have made an enquiry to the OpenMP ARB, appended is the answer I received. 
My understanding of the meaning of "public domain" is that we are free to put 
the code under GPL+exceptions.


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Subject: RE: [Feedback] Licensing (or copyright) question
Date: Tuesday 23 November 2004 05.17
From: "Shah, Sanjiv" <>
To: "Biagio Lucini" <>, <>


Any material from the OpenMP ARB needs to be released under OpenMP
copyright, including the example code.  With the copyright, you can
assume the code is public domain.

Thank you for your interest.

For the OpenMP ARB,
Sanjiv Shah

Sanjiv Shah, 217/403-4244, Mobile 217/417-6723, Fax 217/403-4399
Intel Americas, Inc., 1906 Fox Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Biagio Lucini
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 7:42 AM
Subject: [Feedback] Licensing (or copyright) question

We are starting a project to implement OpenMP for GCC. At the moment, we
written the stubs, which mostly coincides with what is written in the
specification document. Now, GCC for the libraries like to put a GPL +
exceptions license. Are we allowed to do that? And under which copyright
the code of the specs being released? Does the copyright notice that
to the document applies also to the example code or can we assume that
code is public domain?

Many thanks for your time,
Biagio Lucini (on the behalf of the developers of the gomp project)

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