Added upcoming clarification of copyright and license aspiration

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Installation instructions at about line 50. First the legal stuff:
Installation instructions at about line 60. First the legal stuff:
This all is under GPL. Wether it can become LGPL is currently very unclear.
(So for now see explanation and GPL reference at the end of this text)
This all is under GPL.
(See GPL reference, our clarification and commitment at the end of this text)
Based on and sub project of:
By Mario Danic <> and Thomas Schmitt <>
Copyright (C) 2006 Mario Danic, Thomas Schmitt is inspired by and in other components still containing
parts of
Libburn. By Derek Foreman <> and
Ben Jansens <>
Copyright (C) 2002-2006 Derek Foreman and Ben Jansens
Mario Danic <>, Luke Biddell <>,
Anant Narayanan <> , Thomas Schmitt <>
Copyright (C) 2006 Mario Danic, Luke Biddell, Anant Narayanan, Thomas Schmitt
See toplevel README for an overview of the current copyright situation in
My thanks to the above authors (except myself, of course) for making the
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the command line.
Interested users of cdrecord are invited to participate in the development
of cdrskin. Contact: or .
We will keep copyright narrow but will of course acknowledge valuable
contributions in a due way.
Important :
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I myself am not into audio. So might be the
best address for requests and bug reports.
Lorenzo also reports of a frontend tool which he italked into burning
Lorenzo also reports of a frontend tool which he talked into burning
automatically extracted files via cdrskin:
which in its configuration file burn.conf would need something like this
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will not have a fifo buffer, and will not be able to put out help texts or
debugging messages.
It is my understanding that you may put a binary of unchanged cdrskin on any
suitable system if you only tell the user that the source is available for
free in the internet. Search engines will find it. Better than any URL here.
If you link to the libraries or if you make changes in our source, you will
currently have to release your own programs under GPL and nothing else, i fear.
As it looks no single one of us currently has the right to issue any other
You may submit source changes which affect our standalone binaries and if
they get included you may distribute binaries derived from our new code base.
signed: Thomas Schmitt (and his understanding of GPL), author of this README.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
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You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
cdrskin is currently copyright Thomas Schmitt only.
It adopts the following commitment by the toplevel copyright holders:
We, the copyright holders, agree on the interpretation that
dynamical linking of our libraries constitutes "use of" and
not "derivation from" our work in the sense of GPL, provided
those libraries are compiled from our unaltered code.
Thus you may link our libraries dynamically with applications
which are not under GPL. You may distribute our libraries and
application tools in binary form, if you fulfill the usual
condition of GPL to offer a copy of the source code -altered
or unaltered- under GPL.
We ask you politely to use our work in open source spirit
and with the due reference to the entire open source community.
If there should really arise the case where above clarification
does not suffice to fulfill a clear and neat request in open source
spirit that would otherwise be declined for mere formal reasons,
only in that case we will duely consider to issue a special license
covering only that special case.
It is the open source idea of responsible freedom which will be
decisive and you will have to prove that you exhausted all own
means to qualify for GPL.
For now we are firmly committed to maintain one single license: GPL.
signed for cdrskin: Thomas Schmitt