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Re: ChangeLog licensing issues


On Sun, 20 Jun 2010, Joern Rennecke wrote:

> So it appears that writing ChangeLog entries for code from a branch where
> I have no (longer) a connection with the original submitter requires
> getting permission from the FSF to use the file names, function names
> and identifiers mentioned, at least to the extent that they haven't been
> mentioned in a ChangeLog before.

I suggest you recalibrate your understanding of the scope of copyright to 
be less expansive rather than supposing it to apply to "file names, 
function names and identifiers".  Arguing for its application to such 
elements may be accepted in certain industries based around the use of 
copyright, patent and trademark laws, DRM and closed software and devices 
against the public interest; it is not appropriate for work as part of the 
Free Software Movement.

-- 
Joseph S. Myers
joseph@codesourcery.com


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