Copyright question: GNUstep
While packaging the most recent GNUstep snapshots I ran into copyright problem.
GNUstep consists of a makefile environment, an ObjC foundation library, a GUI
frontend library (device independent) and a GUI backend library. The backend
is currently available for systems with X11 and DPS support. Those four
packages are copyright of the FSF and therefore GPL'd. For systems without
X11/DPS, the DPS support is provided by means of a separate package, the
Display Ghostscript System. DGS consists of a modified version of ghostscript
4.03 and the DPSclient library copyrighted by Adobe.
ghostscript 4.03 is currently Aladdin Ghostscript, but will be re-released as
GNU Ghostscript somewhere in the (near?) future, so this should be a question
The DPSclient library has the following copyright. Am I correct that this
does not comply with the DFSG ? The magic term seems to be "without fee".
* (c) Copyright 1989-1994 Adobe Systems Incorporated.
* All rights reserved.
* Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and sublicense this software
* and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
* provided that the above copyright notices appear in all copies and that
* both those copyright notices and this permission notice appear in
* supporting documentation and that the name of Adobe Systems Incorporated
* not be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the
* software without specific, written prior permission. No trademark license
* to use the Adobe trademarks is hereby granted. If the Adobe trademark
* "Display PostScript"(tm) is used to describe this software, its
* functionality or for any other purpose, such use shall be limited to a
* statement that this software works in conjunction with the Display
* PostScript system. Proper trademark attribution to reflect Adobe's
* ownership of the trademark shall be given whenever any such reference to
* the Display PostScript system is made.
* ADOBE MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE SOFTWARE FOR
* ANY PURPOSE. IT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY.
* ADOBE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL
* IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
* NON- INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. IN NO EVENT SHALL ADOBE BE LIABLE
* TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
* DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT,
* NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN
* CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE. ADOBE WILL NOT
* PROVIDE ANY TRAINING OR OTHER SUPPORT FOR THE SOFTWARE.
* Adobe, PostScript, and Display PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems
* Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions
* Author: Adobe Systems Incorporated
The Display Ghostscript daemon is linked against those DPSclient libraries.
Since Peter L. Deutsch is aware of this, I don't think that he will enforce
his Aladdin Public License against the GNUstep team, still I'm afraid that
this package has to go into the non-free section of Debian.
gnustep-make and gnustep-base (the Foundation) are certainly usable without
the GUI packages, they will go into main. gnustep-gui (the GUI frontend) is
only usable with a backend, and the only backend currently available,
gnustep-xdps, depends on X11/DPS which on Linux systems is only provided by
the non-free DGS. Do I therefore have to put both gnustep-gui and gnustep-xdps
in contrib ? A funny situation since both are official packages of the GNU
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