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Re: PVM copyright

On Wed, 16 Jul 1997, Drake Diedrich wrote:

> > >    I'm preparing packages for DQS (the Distributed Queueing System) and
> > > PVM (parallel virtual machine).  Both can go into main.  PVM's copyright
> > > has the "use, copy, modify, and distribute without fee" phrase.
> > 
> > That means it cannot go into main, though. CD manufactuers have to
> > be able to sell (and make profit) the CD.
>    A lot of free software is covered by this sort of license.
> non-free *really* doesn't describe this.  Few licenses specifically
> mention inclusion on a commercial CD.  I'll ask the authors of PVM for
> clarification on the duplication point, as I've already done with DQS.
> PVM is widely distributed with system software on large commercial
> systems - whether that's under a different license I don't know offhand.

I believe the "without fee" means that you don't have to pay them to use,
copy, modify, and distribute. In any case, it is VERY ambiguous (the BSD
licenses says "with or without fee" to make sure either interpretation is
correct :-) I think you might be looking too hard for a catch - go ask the
authors what they really meant by that, and work from there.

Hope this helps,
-- Elliot					http://www.redhat.com/
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What's bad about GUI is that you can only manipulate what you see.

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