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Re: package iDoc, copyright question

Ben Pfaff <pfaffben@pilot.msu.edu> writes:

>    <---------------
>    Copyright (C) 1997 by Reto Kramer, kramer@acm.org
>    All rights reserved.
>    Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and documentation
>    in all settings is hereby granted, provided that NO FEE is charged for this
>    software.
>                                                     ^^^^^^
> It is non-free because you cannot charge for the software.
>    It is legal to charge for the CD the software may be distributed on
>    (e.g. freeware archieve CDs). 

Please read the following sentence.

Some cites:


1. Free Redistribution

    The license of a Debian component may not restrict any party from selling or giving away the
    software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several
    different sources. The license may not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.

Here is the analogon of the free Artistic licence:

5. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of this
Package.  You may charge any fee you choose for support of this
Package.  You may not charge a fee for this Package itself.  However,
you may distribute this Package in aggregate with other (possibly
commercial) programs as part of a larger (possibly commercial) software
distribution provided that you do not advertise this Package as a
product of your own.

IMHO the licence is free enough for main.



Christian Leutloff, Aachen, Germany         leutloff@sundancer.oche.de  
      http://www.oche.de/~leutloff/         leutloff@debian.org      

            Debian GNU/Linux - http://www.de.debian.org/

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