[tex-live] license question

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Sep 5 02:14:13 CEST 2008

2008/9/5 Stephan Hennig <mailing_list at arcor.de>:
> Hi,
> on behalf of the German speaking hyphenation pattern development team
> I'd like to ask a question regarding a licensing issue.
> We plan to licence our results under different licenses:
> (i) the LaTeX package dehyph-exptl with hyphenation patterns under
>    LPPL,
> (ii) the underlying list of hyphenated words and scripts to
>     generate patterns under a copyleft flavoured license.
> There's no problem with (i), however for (ii) we're unsure what exact
> licence to chose.  I think GPL is more aiming towards software, whereas
> some documentation oriented licenses, like GFDL, pose problems to, e.g.,
> Debian.  Note, a word list might be the basis for other applications
> than word hyphenation, e.g, spell checking.
> Now, I fear a word list is neither software nor documentation, but some
> sort of a database.  Are there already word lists distributed by TeX
> Live or CTAN, e.g., as sources to hyphenation patterns?  Any idea how to
> handle such a beast from a licence point of view?  We've thought about
> Creative Commons BY-SA, but I've been surprised that CTAN doesn't
> provide to chose that among the licences labelled "free".  Is CC-(BY-)SA
> considered free by the CTAN and TeX Live teams?  Better suggestions for
> a licence?
For instance, Hindi wordlist for Aspell is issued under GPL so that I
was able to add my rules and convert it for <oXygen/> and XML Mind. I
think that other wordlists for Aspell are also issued under GPL but I
am not sure.

> Best regards,
> Stephan Hennig

Zdeněk Wagner

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