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    re-licensing the test files

    Hello,

    few months ago, I filed bug 3031348 about re-licensing the test files.
    https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=d ... tid=805424

    It hasn't generated much (well, any) discussion, so here I am.

    Most of the data files used for automated tests are under the following license:
    Copyright 2008 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike license.
    See license file or http://www.creativecommons.org for details.

    This license is not considered free-enough by debian, so the test files cannot be included in the debian
    package, and thus the tests cannot be ran automatically.

    Could Sony (Markus?) re-license them with a less restrictive license? For instance using the same license than
    the software, or maybe Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA) v3.0?

    As one would expect from test files, most of these are very simple and are probably not an asset for Sony.

    Maybe one could even consider that the files were released under the MIT license altogether with the rest of collada-dom, but that their copyright notice wasn't updated to reflect that? (this seems contrived but none of the license.txt files scattered through the repository ever mentions a creative commons licenses).

    Here are the copyright details for the files in dom/test/1.4/data:

    badFile.dae Sony CCNCSA
    badSkew.dae Sony CCNCSA
    boy_10.tga ???
    clipPlane.dae Sony CCNCSA
    crankarm.dae Sony CCNCSA
    cube.cstm Sony SCEA
    cube.dae Sony CCNCSA
    cube.dae.gz Sony SCEA
    duck.dae Sony CCNCSA
    externalRef.dae Sony CCNCSA
    extraTest.dae Sony CCNCSA
    initFrom.dae ???
    quotesProblem.dae Sony CCNCSA
    Seymour.dae Sony CCNCSA
    sidResolveTest.dae Sony CCNCSA
    texture.bmp ???
    uri.dae Sony CCNCSA

    If somebody gets the approval for re-licensing, I'm volunteering to update the copyright notices accordingly.

    Regards

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    I think all those files should be under MIT license now (the whole project is MIT now as far as Sony is concerned).

    I'll ask someone from Sony to respond to this issue.

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus
    I think all those files should be under MIT license now (the whole project is MIT now as far as Sony is concerned).
    Great!
    Quote Originally Posted by marcus
    I'll ask someone from Sony to respond to this issue.
    Thank you.

    Once you've got the agreement, let me know it, I'll prepare a patch.

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus
    I think all those files should be under MIT license now (the whole project is MIT now as far as Sony is concerned).

    I'll ask someone from Sony to respond to this issue.
    Hi Marcus,

    Any news on that matter?

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    SCEI is working it through their lawyers. Just a matter of time I believe.

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    SCE has indicated to me via email (dated Oct 14th 2010) that the MIT license can be applied to all files they contributed to the COLLADA DOM project in question.

    I've asked them to post to the tracker issue for closure.

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus
    SCE has indicated to me via email (dated Oct 14th 2010) that the MIT license can be applied to all files they contributed to the COLLADA DOM project in question.
    great! Thank you.

    I'll replace every
    Code :
    <!--
            Copyright 2008 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
            Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike license.
            See license file or [url]www.creativecommons.org[/url] for details.
    -->

    with

    Code :
    <!--
            Copyright 2008 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
            Licensed under the MIT Open Source License, for details please see license.txt or the website
            [url]http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php[/url]
    -->

    and attach the patch to the bug report. Is it ok with?

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    Sounds fine.

    Since that project is inactive, you will have to check in the changes to subversion yourself and make an updated package. There isn't anyone accepting and integrating patches at this time.

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus
    Since that project is inactive, you will have to check in the changes to subversion yourself and make an updated package. There isn't anyone accepting and integrating patches at this time.
    ok. I'll commit now, but won't create a package right away.

    could you give me commit rights then? My sourceforge login is sbarthelemy.

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    Re: re-licensing the test files

    sbarthelemy granted developer status.

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