[ gpsdrive ] gpsfetchmap

Joerg Ostertag gpsdrive at ostertag.name
Tue Sep 25 12:11:31 AKDT 2007


Am Dienstag, 25. September 2007 20:27:34 schrieb Andreas Putzo:
> Hi,
>
> i noticed that the header of gpsfetchmap.pl changed from the last
>
> release. It now states:
> | #!/usr/bin/perl
> | # gpsfetchmap
> | #
> | # You are allowed to modify the source code in any way you want
> | # except you cannot modify this copyright details
> | # or remove the polite feature.
> | #
> | # NO WARRANTY.
>
> This looks to me like some kind of a license statement. Beside that it
> is quite incomplete (is redistribution granted?) it unfortunately has
> a clause in it i would consider not to be free.
> Not changing the copright should be fine but why is it not allowed to
> remove the polite feature?
> IMHO this restriction does not make sense anyway because i can easily
> use the command line switch --polite=0 if i choose to be impolite (not
> that i ever would :).
> I don't know when exactly this has been introduced but maybe it can be
> changed back? Why not put this script under the GPL like the rest of
> gpsdrive?

This restriction was introduced to reduce the chance of getting in trouble 
with any of the map providers. But in then long term we hopefully won't need 
to support any restricted map-provider with gpsfetchmap any more.

-

Joerg



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