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Why is premail in non-free?

Could anyone tell me why premail is in non-free? I've read the license a
couple of times, and I really don't see anything that would prevent it from 
being in main (or at least contrib). Am I missing something?



This is the Debian Linux prepackaged version of premail.

This package was put together by Karl Sackett <krs@debian.org>,
from sources obtained from:


For more information see:


premail is covered under the following copyright:

# Copyright 1996 Raph Levien <raph@c2.net>
# All rights reserved.
# This program is free for commercial and non-commercial use as long as
# the following conditions are adhered to.
# Copyright remains Raph Levien's, and as such any Copyright notices in
# the code are not to be removed. If this package is used in a product,
# Raph Levien should be given attribution as the author of the parts of
# the program used. This can be in the form of a textual message at
# program startup or in documentation (online or textual) provided with
# the package.
# Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
# modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are
# met:
# 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the copyright notice,
#    this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
# 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
#    notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
#    documentation and/or other materials provided with the
#    distribution.
# 3. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this
#    software must display the following acknowledgement: This product
#    includes software developed by Raph Levien <raph@c2.net>. If more
#    than one author is so cited, the list may be combined into one
#    sentence.
# 4. Use and adaptation of small, specific components of this software
#    is actively encouraged, and is exempt from the requirements above.
# This software is provided by Raph Levien ``as is'' and any express or
# implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied
# warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are
# disclaimed. In no event shall the author or contributors be liable for
# any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential
# damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute
# goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business
# interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether
# in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or
# otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if
# advised of the possibility of such damage.
# The license and distribution terms for any publically available
# version or derivative of this code cannot be changed. i.e. this code
# cannot simply be copied and put under another distribution license
# [including the GNU Public License.]
# The reason behind this being stated in this direct manner is (Eric
# Young's) past experience in code simply being copied and the
# attribution removed from it and then being distributed as part of
# other packages. This implementation was a non-trivial and unpaid
# effort.

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