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Copyrights and stuff [Oct. 11th, 2001|04:44 pm]
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I have played with Brad's Perl LJ client to the point where it is virtually unrecognizable (all his code it retains is the Web stuff, basically.) I really like it, and it's my primary client for posting from Linux, and I've been considering releasing it unto the world.

There is a problem. Brad's client has no copyright or licensing information on it whatsoever. The download page said "most" were licensed under the GPL, so I can't assume that it is. (Also note that no version of the GPL is specified.) So the question is, am I allowed to distribute this?

A related question is the version string. I just continued the numbering with "-SC" appended to the version string. But I noticed on test's journal that the Tk client lists itself as Tk-X.Y.Z, and others have forked the other side of the version string, e.g. "LJ::Client/X.Y.Z". So should I move the SC to somewhere else, or just leave it alone?

[User Picture]From: xb95
2001-10-11 05:45 pm (UTC)
As for distribution rights, I'd recommend you drop an e-mail to bradfitz (@) livejournal.com and ask him. For the version question, it's up to the individual client author. Shrug, whatever the hell you want, so long as you understand it. Do note that it uses the first part as the client name and the second part as the version, check out http://livejournal.com/stats.bml to see how that works.
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[User Picture]From: sapphirecat
2001-10-11 06:53 pm (UTC)
Currently it sends clientversion=Perl/2.3-SC (all url-escaped, of course). I was just wondering if I should move the "SC" part. Which seems to be "Nah, be lazy. It's not like there's an official standard."
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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-10-12 05:53 pm (UTC)
Perl-SC/2.3 would be correct.
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