david63 wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Is there any valid reason why you have removed the phpBB copyright from your board?
Anyway, not to beat a dead horse but phpBB is not copyright software. It is copyleft software under tern of the The GNU General Public License which is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works.
Here is a little discussion of the distinction:
While copyright law gives software authors control over copying, distribution and modification of their works, the goal of copyleft is to give all users of the software the freedom to carry out these activities. In this way, copyleft licenses are distinct from other types of free-software licenses, which do not guarantee that all subsequent recipients of the program receive these rights, or the source code needed to make them effective. In particular, permissive free-software licenses such as BSD allow re-distributors to remove some or all of these rights, and do not require distribution of the source code.
This has not been lost on the community for years. see the discussion http://area51.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic ... 81&t=43277
actually, you in previous discussion stated: viewtopic.php?t=2422136
Re: Can I remove copyright in the footer?
Post by david63 » Sun May 07, 2017 5:37 am
Your board, your files - you can do whatever you want.
However there are some who will not provide support where the copyright has been removed, so the choice is yours.
Out of interest why do you want to remove it after all the hard work that others have done for free for you?
I agree with you there on the concept of "credit where credit is due".. and I have done that on my BBS by leaving the gigantic header which is at the top of every page on my site. I think anyone that visits my site knows it is built with phpBB, and that is the point that needs to be conveyed to the visitor of the site. It is incorrect (a lie really...) to try and intimidate with mis statements that imply "don't touch this as it's COPYRIGHTED !!!" Actually the purpose and spirit of GNU is "have fun and be creative, just keep a chain of credit, and as you state proper regard for, "all the hard work that others have done". I think I have fulfilled that obligation.
On a final technical note: Yes the file on my site has been drastically changed. I can not take credit that, the board was installed originally on a free web-server and that install was done with some sort of auto-install script that came from, who knows where. The whole reason I moved it to a real server was to get out of the grip of that 'free web server environment'. eventually I will put it all back together again, but once Humpty Dumpty falls off the wall it is almost impossible to get him back together to his old self. :LOL:
PS: I have been in PM with robert, and when he gets time he will be looking over the site. He is an known expert at Humpty Dumpty issues, so eventually it will get sorted out. It did occur to me to just FTP the original file from a distribution copy, but, I lost nerve at the last moment, as that sort of thing is out of my pay-grade.