[kwlug-disc] GPL attachment to data files

john at netdirect.ca john at netdirect.ca
Wed Nov 11 13:26:25 EST 2009

Ow about having the program install routine offer to download the table? Or download it at first run?

John Van Ostrand CTO, co-CEO
Net Direct Inc
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Insurance Squared Inc." [gcooke at insurancesquared.com]
Sent: 11/11/2009 10:48 AM EST
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: [kwlug-disc] GPL attachment to data files

I've created a life expectancy calculator that I'm making available 
under the GPL.   Boring stuff, but some actuaries wanted it as a tool to 
educate people on how long they're likely to live and thus how much they 
need to save for retirement. 

The calculator uses commonly available mortality data tables, there's 
lots kicking around on the internet.  I'd like to distribute one of 
these tables with the calculator.  Even if I get permission to 
redistribute the data tables though, it's likely to be informal - 
probably won't get the formal ability to release the data under 
something like the GPL. 

What options do I have to distribute the calculator + the data tables in 
these circumstances?  Can I provide two seperate downloads?  Or if I'm 
using tables from a US government site do I just bundle it in and beg 
forgiveness later?


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