[Patches] [ python-Patches-1117961 ] replace md5 impl. with one having a more free license

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Patches item #1117961, was opened at 2005-02-07 17:10
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Category: Modules
Group: Python 2.5
>Status: Closed
>Resolution: Rejected
Priority: 6
Submitted By: Matthias Klose (doko)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: replace md5 impl. with one having a more free license

Initial Comment:
details at
http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2005-February/051450.html

the code is taken from Debian's dpkg source package,
which should at least build on Linux, the Hurd and the
kfreebsd-gnu and knetbsd-gnu BSD variants.


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>Comment By: Martin v. Löwis (loewis)
Date: 2005-02-12 00:43

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As Jeremy Hylton explains on python-dev, this is
unacceptable, as it relies on the notion of a "public domain".

I agree, and believe this would make things worse than they
are: the statement of the author that his work is in the
public domain is legally void. Furthermore, the author does
not provide a license (as he believes he doesn't need to),
and it is questionable what license precisely can be implied
- strictyl speaking, the author maintains the full rights to
his work, licensing none.

Rejecting the patch.

It would be nice if the author could be asked to license the
work under, say, the Academic Free License, with an
additional permission to anybody to relicense it under any
terms they please.

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