Bug 878905 - File in public domain?
Summary: File in public domain?
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dblatex
Version: rawhide
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alex Lancaster
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: FE-Legal 878949
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-11-21 13:58 UTC by Tomas 'Sheldon' Radej
Modified: 2012-11-21 21:10 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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: 878949 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2012-11-21 21:10:09 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Tomas 'Sheldon' Radej 2012-11-21 13:58:34 UTC
The file lib/dbtexmf/core/sgmlent.txt, which contains mappings from SGML characters to Unicode, says that its contents are drawn from various sources and that the file is in Public Domain. The mere fact that the file has various sources makes me doubt that some of the data isn't copyrighted in some way.

Could you please review if it is indeed all right?

Blocking FE-LEGAL on this.

Comment 1 Tom "spot" Callaway 2012-11-21 21:10:09 UTC
Even if it didn't, this file falls under the "Phone Book" exception to copyright, as it simply contains a list of SGML character entity names and their corresponding sets and char codes. So, it is safe to treat this as Public Domain. Closing NOTABUG.

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