[Slackbuilds-users] questions if the SlackBuilds team helped me with the Moria SlackBuild, and on the license in the template, etc.

Klaatu klaatu at straightedgelinux.com
Wed Aug 7 17:42:16 UTC 2013

I'm no lawyer, but as far as I know, nothing in the US copyright code prevents 
you from assigning copyright to yourself AND someone else.

Adding a BSD/MIT style license is indeed recommended. I have found an even 
shorter license with the Gnu All-Permissive license; it seems to be exactly 
the same as a BSD style license but in only 4 or 5 lines of text.

I believe you should be able to do add such a permissive license regardless of 
the slackbuild's origin; if a previous maintainer did not specify a license, 
then that iinherently does not prevent you from licensing it in any way you 

Again, not a lawyer, not giving legal advice.


On Wednesday, August 07, 2013 10:29:15 AM David Melik wrote:
> --- dchmelik at hipplanet.com wrote:
> After looking more in my mboxes to see who helped me with Moria, I found a
> corrupt 'mail' consisting of a couple mails, and I think Robby Workman
> helped (and maybe someone else on IRC):
> "Why do we need that big Debian diff?  Also, I think you found the least
> intuitive way possible to build that; I'll have some fixes for that when I
> add it.  If the Debian diff is really needed, you can send me a diff after
> I get it added, or resubmit based on the repo version after 14.0 releases. 
> Also, I'll remind you yet again that the extraneous comments in build
> scripts are supposed to be removed.
> -RW"
> So, Robby made the diff smaller, but I forgot if he wrote the commands that
> use it and ones that fix the Makefile (or if someone else on IRC did and if
> I changed the diff name in the script). So, when I upload with the
> SlackBuilds license, do I put copyright me and Robby (and whoever else may
> have been involved), and/or the SlackBuilds team...? It is not as big a
> deal to me as much as the fact that apparently it needs a license--even
> BSD-type--to be considered Free/Libre software, and so maybe for anyone to
> ever take it over easily in the future.
> David
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