Subject: 2nd generation gnuish code
From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 20:15:57 -0400


It's not clear that a copyright notice was needed on the gnu libc
code.  In the absence of the GNUish copyright, the Berne convention
applies and the code is considered copyright as opposed to copyleft.

I don't know what the right solution to your problem is, or even if it 
is a problem.  Two thoughts that may or may not help:

1. Rewriting the code definitely gets you off the hook.  Assuming that 
   the material is contaminated this decontaminates it.

2. Perhaps there is equivalent functionality in one of the BSD libc's
   that you can replace it with?

I also suspect that it's not an issue, since it's ultimately not in
the interests of FSF to come after you for this.