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Re: [dash-dev] IP Cleanliness question

Question is posted.


On 04/24/2012 05:43 AM, Aaron Digulla wrote:
Zitat von Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx>:

Right. That functionality is limited to Project Leads and PMC members.
Sorry about that.

What have we learned yesterday? "open source" isn't that open after all ;-)

I guess that I'll have to pose the question.


Can you give me some words to start from?


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There was a request on the dash-dev mailing list how to handle the following situation: Copying code from public sources like Wikipedia, Stackoverflow or private blogs.

To limit the scope of the discussion and kind of create a precedent, let's start with copying code from Stackoverflow. Stackoverflow.com is a site where all kinds of software developers share their knowledge.

According to the rules of the site, all "user contributions licensed under cc-wiki with attribution required" (see the bottom of each page on http://stackoverflow.com/).

"cc-wiki" means: "You are free to share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work -, to remix - to adapt the work - and to make commercial use of the work" (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

"attribution required" means "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)." Details can be found in this blog post: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/06/attribution-required/

The four rules mentioned there apply if you "copy" ("republish this content") the whole stackoverflow site - answers, questions, user data, everything. They don't make that much sense when just a piece of code is copied.

For me, only the second rule makes sense in the context of "using code from stackoverflow.com in Eclipse projects": "Hyperlink directly to the original question"

I read that as: Add a comment with a link to the place where you found the code that you copied/used as a template.

Can you please verify this for any code published on stackoverflow.com? My main goal is to get a single all-time approval for code so Eclipse developers can use this great resource without causing thousands of tiny CQ requests.

If this works well, I'd like to file similar requests for other public developer resources like, for example, Wikipedia.

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