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Re: Some application distributes your library, without your copyright notice?

From: Genghuang Wang <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:14:11 +0800

On 1 March 2018 at 15:47, Daniel Stenberg <> wrote:
> On Thu, 1 Mar 2018, Genghuang Wang wrote:
>> When I download some application and install it, your library is found in
>> its installation directory, but your copyright notice is missing.
> Thank you for reporting this!
> Not shipping/including the license/copyright in the application or its
> associated documentation is a license violation and that makes them not
> allowed to use the code.

Thanks, Daniel, as the copyright holder of this library, you have the right to
decide what to do. I am just someone who discovers the fact of license issue
and report to the copyright owner.

> I think the best thing we can do about it is to highlight those who forget
> to do the right thing and to remind everyone that this very small step is
> the only thing we request when we give away a rock solid internet transfer
> library for free for everyone.
> We as a project almost complete lack teeth to actually do anything about
> license violators though so we don't have much legal means to go after the
> offenders.
> As engineers, I think it is within our obligations to help out and strive to
> make our applications and software follow the respective licenses of the
> open source we use and rely on.

I also download the application which fails to comply with your license from
the public domain. The only advantage which I have is that I live in the same
country as the company of this application. If there is anything I can do, feel
free to post in this mailing list.

Now the question is, will you contact with the company of this application to
negotiate the license issue? They are one of the main competitors in
my country,
becoming a big company. I'm very sorry that such big company still have this
license issue, but it is the fact. If you have some relationship in
China, it is not
very difficult to find them.
Received on 2018-03-01