> On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 9:02 PM, William Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> I think the right thing to do in this case is to carefully understand
>> the intention of the license (possibly consult with a lawyer), and
>> also to possibly write a letter to the OEIS foundation with a petition
>> for them to reconsider their license. [...] if
>> we just take a breath, carefully understand the situation, and
>> possibly get a lot of momentum...
> (Something will appear on the number theory list soon about this.)
> I've just also got some offline emails from Neil Sloane, and we (the
> Sage project) definitely have their permission to distribute the OEIS
> file. This is a something they are letting *us* do, but not
> necessarily any other projects.
Erratum: It has been pointed out to me that in fact I misinterpreted
Neil's email. English is ambiguous. In fact there is no permission
to redistribute a copy of the sequences from OEIS.
I'm very disturbed by this whole situation. It disturbs me that
fundamental data contributed for free by the community is locked down
like this. Projects like Wikipedia  (or the human genome project
) are leaders that show that it is not necessary for
user-contributed content to be restricted like this.
This could be a good topic for a letter to the Notices of the American
Math Society (like ). If anybody reading this is also concerned,
please contact me and we can think this through.
 "It is therefore NHGRI s intent that human genomic DNA sequence
data, generated by the projects funded under RFA HG-95-005, should be
released as rapidly as possible and placed in the public domain where
it will be freely available." http://www.genome.gov/10000926
 Look here in the upper right: http://www.ams.org/notices/200710
 Wikipedia is Creative Commons licensed:
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