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Re: copyright questions

> Scott K. Ellis <storm@gate.net>                 http://www.gate.net/~storm/
> On Mon, 13 Oct 1997, Andreas Jellinghaus wrote:
> >  * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
> >  * documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
> >  * provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and
> >  * that
> >  * both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in
> >  * supporting documentation.
> >  
> > problem with selling cdroms or not ?
> > (the standard copyright of this sort is the same, word by word but
> > includes ",sell" in the above list).
> The general understanding is that the "and without fee" applys to the fact
> that you are permitted to redistribute it without paying royalties, not
> that you aren't allowed to charge for it.

That indeed is the general understanding[1,2]. But there's no way to
know for sure that is what the author intended. So, personally I'd
feel much easier if the author makes the licence somewhat more clear,
and explicidly allows selling (for profit) of the software.

Note, that at the moment selling for profit isn't explicidly allowed,
and people point out that with licences, everything that isn't described,
one is thus not allowed to do.

[1] This I learned through a previous thread on debian-devel about this.
    I once posted a message on debian-devel saying "[similar licence
    as above] this is not DFSG compliant"! But I do occasionally learn
    things from debian-devel.
[2] I like footnotes. Do you?

joost witteveen, joostje@debian.org
#!/usr/bin/perl -sp0777i<X+d*lMLa^*lN%0]dsXx++lMlN/dsM0<j]dsj
$/=unpack('H*',$_);$_=`echo 16dio\U$k"SK$/SM$n\EsN0p[lN*1
#what's this? see http://www.dcs.ex.ac.uk/~aba/rsa/

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