[racket] Packages not containing a licence

From: Matthew Flatt (mflatt at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 31 08:46:55 EDT 2013

I've added license information to all of the packages in the main


At Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:10:21 +0100, Lawrence Woodman wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been trawling through the packages at:
>      http://pkg.racket-lang.org
> And have found that very few of the packages have any licensing information
> and are effectively proprietary software, despite what their authors may 
> have
> intended.  I can therefore study them, but not use them without breaking
> copyright law.  For a hobbyist this is easy enough to overlook, but for 
> anyone
> wanting to use Racket commercially this means that most of the packages are
> unusable without contacting the authors and seeing what terms they are
> prepared to license their code under.
> This is a big enough pain for packages outside the main distribution, 
> but I have
> also noticed that packages in the main distribution do not contain licence
> information either.  A typical example is:
> https://pkg.racket-lang.org/info/html-lib
> In html/html.rkt, it contains:
>      copyright by Paul Graunke June 2000 AD
> But has no licensing info anywhere in the package.  This was presumably LGPL
> code that was extracted to a package from the main racket repository.  
> Without
> that licensing information it contravenes the terms of the LGPL and more
> importantly, to me, means I can't use it as it hasn't been licensed for 
> use by anyone
> through that package.
> Thanks
> Lorry
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