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Re: Copyright question

bruce@pixar.com (Bruce Perens) writes:

> From: Enrique Zanardi <ezanardi@noah.dfis.ull.es>
> >   Only NON-COMMERCIAL distribution allowed.
> That puts it in non-free.

OK, I have gotten some replies from the author regarding copyright
issues.  Does it still belong in non-free?  (It appears his intent is
basically to keep companies from charging for it...)  Below is the
copyright file I'm distributing with it:

This package was debianized by John Goerzen jgoerzen@complete.org on
Sat, 31 May 1997 13:05:05 -0500.

It was downloaded from ta.twi.tudelft.nl/pub/dv/lemmens.

[ Note: Debian currently doesn't have a msql2 package (msql2 is still
in beta), so an older version of Xsqlmenu is distributed here.  Once
msql2 is Debianized, I'll package the newer Xsqlmenu. ]

CD-ROM MANUFACTURERS: It may be permissible for you to distribute this on CD
depending on how much you charge; see below.

Author's Stated Copyright:

 Only NON-COMMERCIAL distribution allowed. Redistribution of
 modified versions by other people than myself is not allowed.
 However, commercial use is no problem as long as the software
 is NOT being commercially distributed.
 Please send your contributions, bugreports, hints etc. to the
 author. Thanks !

Debian Changes
I have modified the code to work with XForms 0.86.  I have also fixed
one small logic bug.  Altogether, about 5 lines of code have changed.
You can get the diff file from ftp.debian.org in the source area.

E-Mails From Author   (irrelevant portions deleted)
From: Kees Lemmens <lemmens@dv.twi.tudelft.nl>
To: jgoerzen@complete.org (John Goerzen)
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 1997 09:25:23 +0200 (METDST)
Message-Id: <199706030725.AA059292724@dutind4.twi.tudelft.nl>

Hi John,

> Before I reply to your message, I have one more question.  Is it OK
> for CD-ROM manufacturers to distribute Xsqlmenu on the Debian CD-ROMs
> that they make?

Yep, as long as the CDROM's are sold for reasonable prices: all software on
these distributions is free, so they only should be paid for their efforts
to put it on the CD's. I think a maximum of approx. 20-25 $ could be
tolerated imo.

If the prices get higher, they really are going to make illegal profit of
the work of people who intended software to be free and who for that reason
don't charge any money for it and that is something that should be avoided
if you ask me. (did you ? :-))

On the other hand: I wouldn't know how to fight people that clearly violate
these unwritten rules.....

From: Kees Lemmens <lemmens@dv.twi.tudelft.nl>
To: jgoerzen@complete.org (John Goerzen)
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 1997 22:51:29 +0200 (METDST)
Message-Id: <199706012051.AA015088289@dutind4.twi.tudelft.nl>

No problem adding the package to Debian (Red-Hat would be another thing)
From: Kees Lemmens <lemmens@dv.twi.tudelft.nl>
To: jgoerzen@complete.org (John Goerzen)
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 1997 09:23:08 +0200 (METDST)
Message-Id: <199706020723.AA020816188@dutind4.twi.tudelft.nl>

Ok, now I see the point ! if you want to ship with msql 1, then it is OK to
me to if you pack your patched version: no problem whatsoever ! But maybe
you could refer to the new msql2 version ?

John Goerzen          | Running Debian GNU/Linux (www.debian.org)
Custom Programming    | 
jgoerzen@complete.org | 

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