Re: Is this license DFSG free?
If this is actually a test that licenses must pass to be considered DFSG,
exactly does the GPL survive the test? Section 2, clause a of the GPL
"You must cause the modified files to carry prominent notices stating that
you changed the files and the date of any change." Doesn't this violate the
Dissident test and cause troubles for our poor totalitarian state citizen?
No because while the changes need to be revealed, they need only to be
those who the poor citizen distributes it to. The othher dissidents know it
but they won't care. perhaps i sould have included the entire text of the
Consider a dissident in a totalitarian state who wishes to share a modified
bit of software with fellow dissidents, but does not wish to reveal the
identity of the modifier, or directly reveal the modifications themselves,
or even possession of the program, to the government. Any requirement for
sending source modifications to anyone other than the recipient of the
modified binary---in fact any forced distribution at all, beyond giving
source to those who receive a copy of the binary---would put the dissident
in danger. For Debian to consider software free it must not require any such
The tests are not official but if they are failed it seems wrong to call the
package free. Remember that the the G is DFSG is 'Guidelines'. Even if the
package meets the guidelines it may contain clauses that prevent the package
from being free. For example if a licence requires you to sing loudly and/or
stand on your head while distributing the software, (assuming that those
examples do not somehow the guidelines) it would clearly be non-free. And
debian would be unable to distribute it.