On 12/03/2013 07:37 AM, Jeff Backus wrote:
On Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Tom Callaway <tcallawa(a)redhat.com
I don't think so. The email quoted from Tuomo is two years older than
the repost, so it is unlikely that it is in the context of Notion (also,
he never mentions Notion in it). I'm guessing he sent it out to the Ion
mailing list independently of Notion's existence (possibly before Notion
came about? not sure on the timeline), but we cannot assume it implies
acceptability of the Notion name.
Really, someone needs to ask politely. :)
So handwavey isn't preferred in legal realms? :)
I spoke with upstream. They provided some interesting background but
nothing explicit. They did think it was worthwhile to contact Tuomo for
clarification. Their comments made me think he may be willing to
consider a vanilla LGPL.
Since Tuomo is busy and has indicated in the past that he isn't
interested in dealing with Ion-related topics, I'd like to minimize the
amount of his time that I have to take up. So to be clear, what is
required to sufficient proof of his consent to change licenses and/or at
least bless the Notion project? Is a simple e-mail enough? Is a PGP/GPG
signature required? I was thinking of asking Tuomo to:
... grant permission to the Notion project to distribute any and all
Ion(tm)-related material, including but not limited to primary and
ancillary code and documentation, under the official LGPL version 2.1 as
specified at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-2.1.html
And if he doesn't agree to the above, to at least:
... agree that the Notion name is sufficiently different from the
Ion(tm) name as to be in compliance with the Ion(tm) license.
Are these sufficient? Are there other loose ends I should try to tie up?
I apologize if I'm belaboring the point - I don't really "have a
setting" between handwavey and pedantic. :)
Email that comes from an address that is "known" to be Tuomo is
sufficient, GPG sig is nice to have but not necessary. Either of those
two options will suffice here, the first is preferred because it will
resolve the license issue entirely, while the second will still require
us to consider whether the Ion license (in the Notion context) is Free.
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