Re: Copyright question
It's definitely free software. See notes below.
email@example.com (Pawel Wiecek) writes:
> I'm not sure if this copyright statement conforms to Debian's definition
> of free software. Any ideas?
> > Credits and license terms
> > gd 1.2 is copyright 1994, 1995, Quest Protein Database Center, Cold
> > Spring Harbor Labs. Permission granted to copy and distribute this
> > work provided that this notice remains intact. Credit for the library
> > must be given to the Quest Protein Database Center, Cold Spring Harbor
> > Labs, in all derived works. This does not affect your ownership of the
> > derived work itself, and the intent is to assure proper credit for
> > Quest, not to interfere with your use of gd. If you have questions,
> > ask. ("Derived works" includes all programs that utilize the library.
> > Credit must be given in user-visible documentation.)
Okay, that would be in /usr/doc/gd/README.Debian, which is
user-visible. (If you were distributing it as part of a program then
you'd note it in the Info file or HTML docs.)
> > If you wish to release modifications to gd, please clear them first by
> > sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org; if this is not done, any
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^
> > modified version of the gd library must be clearly labeled as such.
i.e., you must include a statement in /usr/doc/gd/README.Debian (or
/usr/doc/gd/copyright?) that the library has been modified from its
> So - is it free software or not?
> It'd be distributed as a library, not as part of another package if it
These terms really aren't a problem. They just require credit to be
given, which is fine.
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